CISPA Passed by US Congress
CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, was passed by the US Congress on April 18th, 2013. This bill would allow the sharing of Internet traffic information between the government and many technology companies in an attempt to investigate and fight cybercrime.
CISPA was originally introduced into Congress in November, 2011, however the Senate did not approve the bill because they felt it lacked confidentiality and civil liberties safeguards. However when the bill was reintroduced in February it managed to make its way through the House again.
Many Internet privacy advocates feel that CISPA is not limited enough on the conditions for government monitoring of a private individual's browsing information. Many also worry that, rather than to fight cybercrime, this new power could be used to spy on the general public.
Many major corporations such as Microsoft, Facebook, AT&T, and Apple are all in support of this new bill and feel that it is simply an effective way to share cyber threat-related information with the government.
For those readers who care strongly about privacy, be aware of these new developments in future browsing.