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CISPA Gets a Tweak, Concerns Remain

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 17, 2012

CNET News reports that new revisions to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which permits Internet companies to share confidential consumer data with the National Security Agency, have not eased fears that the bill will allow the government unfettered access to the private online lives of Americans. Some privacy advocates say CISPA will dismantle protections found in the Federal Wiretap Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. A representative from the American Civil Liberties Union said the bill would allow the NSA to collect "all sorts of sensitive information like Internet use information and the contents of e-mails." Groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy & Technology and TechFreedom have launched the "Stop Cyber Spying" campaign in an attempt to defeat the bill.
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