The US House of Representatives passed the un-welcome Cyber-Security Bill yesterday, I do see that the White House wanted to veto this but didn’t. This topic is a hot one not only in computing circles but in that of privacy advocacy groups also.
“The US House of Representatives has passed a cyber-security bill amid a veto threat from President Barack Obama. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Cispa), would allow the government to access web users’ private data on suspicion of a cyber threat.
It would also allow easier information-sharing between security agencies and private web firms.
Advocacy groups claim that it is aimed at file-sharers rather than hackers.
They also raised concerns about the transparency of the act.”
I agree with the advocacy groups in the above quote in that this is a dangerous president to make as while Law Makers will state that this will only be used for cyber-threats. I personally just don’t believe them 100%. As soon as this is a law, then there is scope for someone to twist the rules and use the key to accessing a persons data when there are no cyber or terrorist threat.
We are in the UK going through the very same at present with The Houses of Parliament and Lords debating a snooping law that would allow the Security Services (Mi5 and SIS) to albeit with due cause to access a persons digital data. It comes to you having to step back a bit once of the creators of the modern internet and fellow Brit, Tim Berners-Lee has also spoken out against the UK Gov going down this route.
Although this debate is not new to the UK as back in 2009 the then in power Labour government debated the same.
Do please let me know your thoughts on this topic.
Read the full article at BBC News HERE