VPN service providers weren’t displeased when the SOPA and PIPA legislation was defeated so astoundingly…in fact, quite the opposite. They were pretty happy, in spite of the fact that this threat managed to bring their services into the spotlight so effectively. But Congress and the RIAA would seem to be in bed with the VPN service providers if you consider the aggressiveness they have used in their desire to control, regulate, and monitor, all the things that Americans do on the internet.
CISPA Monitoring The Internet 2.0
Now, don’t get me wrong, VPN services really are benefiting from their valuable service. But, even they understand, theirs is a service that shouldn’t be demanded for basic privacy, but engaged in to secure employee, financial, and other sensitive data. But the latest in the internet privacy saga may shock you. The RIAA, after SOPA’s and PIPA’s defeat, formed partnerships with at least 5 ISP’s to start monitoring all their internet communications, and a new bill has emerged. The new bill, CISPA, (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act,) has been promised to now be everything that the SOPA and PIPA bills were, according to 28 corporate supporters, and congressional sponsors.
But Why Does This Feel Like De-Ja-Vu
Even in spite of the authors and sponsors saying that the bill doesn’t allow for any of the wide sweeping vagaries that SOPA and PIPA did, the EFF and many other opponents say that’s just not true…and after a careful examination of the document being proposed, this author says to go and find yourself the very best VPN service available today. Not only does the bill allow for the ISP’s to monitor their customers, just like the old bills, it encourages it…and a whole lot more than just the watching and reporting. Now many law enforcement agencies will have no reason to apply to a court to get permission for a wiretap.
It didn’t require a law degree to understand that the loose definition of “Cybersecurity” the government applies not only allows the ISP’s to monitor us, but the very same definition allows agencies like the FBI, DHS, and most any other law enforcement agency to request real-time feeds of your email, and internet activities without the cumbersome requirement of obtaining a warrant to invade the person’s privacy…remember when FBI agents were running rampant with this kind of power before. The said it wasn’t going to happen when they handed down that power then, what’s the difference…now many more internet users are alerted to their invasive activities and have secured their privacy using VPN service.