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CISPA is heading to Congress

I wrote a new post at the Orange Juice Blog about CISPA feel free to visit them to read it.

Even Joe Baca, who represents me sponsored this piece of crap. UPDATE: Out of fairness Joe Baca voted against it. Thank You Congressman Baca. 

It seems that, despite the controversy over NDAA and SOPA last year, politicians still aren’t getting it.  From the people who brought you indefinite detention, 30,000 drones flying over America by 2015 and a potential crippling of the Internet by the content creators, now comes CISPA.

CISPA stands for “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act”  – H.R 3523, written by Congressman Michael Rogers of Michigan. It is currently sponsored by over 110 congress members including several OC members – Ken Calvert, Darrel Issa and Gary Miller. The bill is designed to make sure that all of the data we send on the Internet from our instant messages and rants on Facebook gets sucked into a giant database for the benefit of the government, as a voluntary arrangement by participating companies.

CISPA was going to have a section on Intellectual Property, but due to the uproar over SOPA, the bill was re-written to address many of the opponents’ concerns.  Still, privacy advocates feel these changes are cosmetic and not substantial enough to end their opposition to the bill.

(more) at the Orange Juice blog



Peepers Beware

From the office of Norma Torres:
Increased Penalties for Peeping Toms Approved by the Senate Public Safety Committee

Assembly member Norma Torres (D-61) announced the approval of her Assembly Bill 665 by the Senate Public Safety Committee, which will create a higher penalty for repeat offenders of an individual’s right to privacy.

Currently, many “peeping toms” are not deterred by existing penalties. Often they can make considerable profit selling images to internet sites. Assembly Bill 665 will allow law enforcement to lock up repeat offenders for up to one year in jail, impose a fine of up to $2,000, or both. The bill also requires a higher penalty for any violation where the victim is a minor.

For more information, click here.