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"CISPA would allow [Internet service providers], social networking sites, and anyone else handling Internet communications to monitor users and pass information to the government without any judicial oversight," said Electronic Frontier Foundation Activism Director Rainey Reitman. "The language of this bill is dangerously vague, so that personal online activity -- from the mundane to the intimate -- could be implicated."
SOPA or CISPA?
We asked Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, to offer his take on the strong reactions from privacy and free speech advocates. He told us that some are comparing CISPA to SOPA (the Stop Online Privacy Act). Last summer, many popular sites, including Wikipedia, went dark for a day in protest of SOPA.
"There appears to be some sort of shadow relationship between the two bills," Enderle said. "CISPA is very anti-privacy and it smells a little bit like government overreaching. You understand why they want to get access to and share lots of information.
"The issue is that in the process of going after the terrorists they are getting massive amounts of personal information. Under the shroud of protecting people it is eliminating a lot of due process."