CISPA Is Not the New SOPA, But It’s Still Not Good, Says Analyst (19:31)

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The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which is more commonly known as CISPA, is expected to receive a House vote this week. The Internet community, with the exception of tech giants such as Google and Facebook, has been raising concerns about the bill claiming that it is another SOPA.

WebProNews spoke with Ryan Radia, the Associate Director of Technology Studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), who told us that, while both bills are forms of “government overreach,” CISPA is very different from SOPA. According to him, SOPA was primarily focused on intellectual property. CISPA, on the other hand, deals with cybersecurity and, specifically, the sharing of information between private companies and the government.

As he explained to us, CISPA poses a threat to privacy as well as the 4th Amendment principle that frees citizens of unreasonable searches. He, and multiple privacy groups, point out that the language of CISPA is so vague that the information it passes to the government may not be related to cyber threats at all. The issue of what the government will then do with this information is also in question.

Radia told us that, even though there are some very real cyber threats, he doesn’t see CISPA, or any other cybersecurity bill for that matter, having a huge impact in protecting against cyber attacks. For this reason, he gives it a 50/50 chance for passing.

What do you think of CISPA? Let us know.

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