New Cybersecurity Act causes privacy concerns

In 2010 a bill was constructed called the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, but it failed because it would have given the President an internet kill switch. Now another act will come before the Senate this week called the Cyber Security Act of 2012 that is raising red flags again.

The new act would require companies to allow the government to have direct electronic access to the personal information of customers & clients, “even if those personal records are not necessary to describe a cybersecurity threat.” When companies submit information to the government about their customers and clients, such as Internet usage (via cookies and other electronic means), what products or services were purchased, how & where products were shipped, etc., those companies would be given immunity from lawsuits even in cases where sharing such information violates contracts. The use of the information submitted to the government could also be used in investigations separate from any cyber security concerns.

Lawmakers who support the bill, such as Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), claim that this bill will protect commercial and other systems doing their business electronically from cyber attacks and will ensure the integrity of the systems. According to Lieberman, “This bill would begin to arm us for battle in a war against the cyber mayhem that is being waged against us by our nation’s enemies, organized criminal gangs, and terrorists who would use the Internet against us as surely as they turned airliners into guided missiles.”

However, given the track record of the Obama administration and how they seem to avoid tough talk when it comes to Iran, are lukewarm in speaking out against Christian persecution overseas, blew a golden moment to rescue Chen Guangcheng from the evil grip of China even though he was in the U.S. embassy in Beijing, and embrace the Arab Spring with the sharia it will bring, it becomes rather obvious to those really paying attention that such a law disguised as protecting commerce will be re-purposed for controlling and monitoring law-abiding citizens. This is just another case of the government wanting to be omniscient like God, or more accurately, the government attempting to be the all-seeing eye at the top of the pyramid on the back of our $1 bills. We’ve seen how this concept works via the former Soviet Union, China, and Cuba.

 The prince that wanteth [lacks] understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days. Proverbs 28:16

Source: Joshua Philipp. Rights Groups Say Cybersecurity Act Threatens Privacy. Epoch Times. Monday, May 14, 2012.

–Harry A. Gaylord–

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