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At the same time, broad immunity from legal liability for monitoring, acquiring, or sharing CTI is extended. It's given as long as entities act "in good faith."

EFF expressed grave concerns. Provisions this broad will "override existing privacy laws." They include the Wiretap Act and Stored Communications Act.

The new law also provides immunity "for decisions made based on" CTI. Doing so makes bad legislation worse. "A rogue or misguided company could easily make bad 'decisions.' " They'll do lots more harm than good.

CISPA "raises major transparency and accountability issues." Information given Washington will be exempt from FOIA requests and state laws requiring disclosure.

Users probably won't know if their private data ends up compromised. They'll have little recourse either way.

If companies send information about users claimed unrelated to cyberthreats, government agencies getting it won't notify them. Companies alone may or not do it. Who monitors them to make sure?

"CISPA is a dangerous bill," said EFF. So is CISPA 2.0. It "equates cybersecurity with greater surveillance and information sharing." 

It's little changed from its original form. It lets government and companies bypass existing laws, access what they wish, filter content, and potentially shut down online access for cybersecurity or national security reasons. 

It assures unrestricted Big Brother spying. Government and business will take full advantage.

Many cybersecurity problems arise from software vulnerabilities. Human failings compound them. CISPA leaves these and other important issues unaddressed.

Obama's EO encourages government agencies to share cybersecurity information with companies. It leaves plenty of room for abusive practices. Business will take full advantage. So will government agencies.

Enacting CISPA 2.0 ensures abuse. Freedoms taken for granted will disappear. Any site, blog, or personal content can be called a cyber threat. 

Online users will lose out. So will everyone. Police state harshness will be hardened. America's already hugely repressive. It's a hair's breath from full-blown tyranny.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Email address removed

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

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