“Thoughtcrime does not entail death; thoughtcrime is death.”
That quote is from George Orwell’s classic book, 1984. After CISPA passed in the House of Representatives, the Senate is doing what it can to make Orwell’s dystopian world a reality with the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. The legislation would have technology companies sharing your private data with the government. That’s information like your browsing history, web searches and even gaming habits.
There is a need to update laws to allow for better cyber security, but this legislation is vague and not focused enough. I mean, how many hours and what maps you play on Call of Duty really matters when it comes to national security? Not only are the doors wide open as far as what companies can share with the government, the legislation isn’t very specific as to who they’re sharing it with and what it’ll be used for. Once again Congress is writing legislation about technology they don’t understand.
It’s 28 years too late, but it feels like 1984 now. Take the 30 seconds and write your Congressman today and help spread the word.