I don’t claim to be an Internet security expert, nor do I want to be one. This bill being discussed in committee within the United States Senate, I believe, is just another power-grab by the federal government to infringe on and regulate our liberties as citizens of this great country. My cousin, Chris, asked me to do some homework on this bill to see if it really means what we think it means. The short answer I can give based on the research that I’ve done is, “Yes.”
Although the bill has some good parts and is probably well-intentioned, the parts that are obscure and poorly thought out or poorly written leave many loopholes open to the government to meddle into the lives of private citizens and into the business practices of private enterprise. These sections allow for the government to filter websites, block websites, track your browsing habits, turn off Internet access, interfere with private businesses, mandate security compliance above and beyond current standards, gain access to personal information stored by financial institutions, etc. I could go on and on about what is “wrong” about this bill, but it all adds up to one thing… it is un-Constitutional (in particular Bill of Rights Amendments I and IV).
Internet security is a big concern, don’t get me wrong, however, government intervention and oversight is not the answer. Leave it to private enterprise and innovation to fix security problems.
Read the Constitution of the United States now
Read the Bill of Rights now
Full text of S.773 on Library of Congress’ website
Full text of S.778 on Library of Congress’ website
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