CISPA - Another Bill Designed to Waste Our Time

You may have already heard about CISPA (or CISPA or CISPA at !wiki), if not the simple version is: It's another law/bill/treaty/crap designed to waste everyone's time.

The slightly longer version is that it is a bill designed to allow companies to share data with other companies or governments with less hassle, like the hassle of asking or even informing the person who's data is shared. The full title says it nicely: To provide for the sharing of certain cyber threat intelligence and cyber threat information between the intelligence community and cybersecurity entities, and for other purposes.

One interesting thing has popped up in the news, it's that Facebook supports CISPA. Here are some other letters from some brave companies who support CISPA. In Facebook's case I can totally understand their view, their whole business is based on user's data. How could they not support this ?

Now the expected thing to do, if you are interested in privacy and that sort of thing, is to spend hours reading boring legislative crap until your brain starts pouring out of your ears. However, I really don't care this time. This might sound selfish or just lame, but I don't feel very affected by this. I don't have personal data on third party services (or ones I can't trust).

The real reason I don't care is not because I feel covered, it's because many of those that aren't covered do not care. Seriously, so many people believe that the practicality of having an email provider that let's you "star and tag" emails and the convenience of keeping up with friends just by clicking on their name outweighs any reason for concern, since years.

So if you use such services, and again disagree with this sort of legislation then it's your problem to solve now.. You can delete your account(s), write to them or just hope it will go away magically.



Ladies and cocksuckers, gonorrhed members of the USA Senate, government, Obama dear: you have a country with millions of homeless, illiterate and generally terribly upset citizens. Your economy is shit and is going shittier, you have 3rd world countries within your borders.
Kindly quit dicking around with messing up the Internet at the benefit of Big Content and Corporations and at the expense of the general public and at least pretend that you're focused on your country's real problems.

Fsck you very much,



The law that a lot of countries should be looking out for is TPP. It's more restrictive than ACTA apparently and it will spread the DMCA even more around the world.

CISPA is bad as well, especially for privacy. But it isn't just about US citizens; people in other countries use Gmail, Hotmail, and other email providers a lot. Once an email is sent to the provider, it's sent along in plain text, making it really easy to wiretap. I imagine that would be a pretty obvious target for the NSA.

Is it me, or is the US really focused on making loads of bullshit laws at the moment?

manu -

Indeed Andrew, as you say many services are based in the U.S.A. so of course it affects anyone with an account. And of course this also includes emails to such providers, even if they originate from a private server, which is why some people (more paranoid than I) don't send emails to gmail users.

However in some cases emails sent from server to server can be encrypted, it's not the norm but it has become common.

It's not just the US that is full of this sort of legislation, the UK has plans and many other countries like France are also very aggressive towards Internet. For example, Sarkozy wants to make it illegal to "visit sites that promote hate", it is so vague that I wonder if they will have to filter out Bill O'reilly... .

I think one of the reasons we are in this situation is because of the centralisation of the Internet, it has become more and more concentrated around very few service providers, that makes it very vulnerable.
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