In January, America’s major tech companies joined everyday internet users to break the back of a reviled law called SOPA. Months later, Washington is brewing a new law that alarms many SOPA opponents — but this time the same companies have been quiet as church mice.
On Thursday, the US House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, a law that will make it easier for companies to share data with the government. On its face, the law known as CISPA has a laudable purpose — to help companies and the government prevent and respond to attacks on the nation’s computers. But civil libertarians warn that the current version of the law will result in a raft of new Patriot Act like rules that will diminish our privacy rights even further.
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