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Mozilla Calls CISPA an "Alarming" Threat to Privacy 107

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Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Mozilla has taken a public stand against the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, saying that it has a 'broad and alarming reach' that 'infringes on our privacy.' That makes it the first major tech firm to speak out against CISPA. Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Oracle and Symantec are all included among the companies that support the bill, which passed the House late last month and is now being considered in the Senate. Google has so far declined to take a stand supporting or opposing the bill."
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Mozilla Calls CISPA an "Alarming" Threat to Privacy

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  • by InvisibleClergy (1430277) on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @04:18PM (#39872937)

    ..."Why the hell did it take you this long?"

  • by mrbester (200927) on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @04:29PM (#39873027) Homepage

    " We hope the Senate takes the time to fully and openly consider these issues with stakeholder input before moving forward with this legislation."

    Unsurprisingly the main stakeholder, the one who would be most affected by this legislation is never consulted.

  • by cpu6502 (1960974) on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @04:29PM (#39873033)

    Well at least they finally did. This would make me want to use Mozilla browsers while avoiding MS, Google browsers. (No idea where Apple or Opera stands.)

  • by CanHasDIY (1672858) on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @04:39PM (#39873103) Homepage Journal

    " We hope the Senate takes the time to fully and openly consider these issues with stakeholder input before moving forward with this legislation."

    Unsurprisingly the main stakeholder, the one who would be most affected by this legislation is never consulted.

    Well, that's what you get for thinking we still have a government by, for, and of the People.

    Apparently, when Bush referred to the Constitution as "just a goddamn piece of paper" he wasn't only being a traitorous ass, he was setting legal precedent.

  • by dryriver (1010635) on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @04:41PM (#39873131)
    The powers-that-be seem to have a set plan for the internet: To control everything that can be controlled, and to shut down/filter out anything that can't. It doesn't matter what the bill is called: SOPA. PIPA. CISPA. They could call it FIRECRACKER and it wouldn't matter. ---- They will keep coming back, and coming back, and coming back with the same control-the-internet-horseshit under a different name, until the desired deed is done: All user data surveilled & catalogued. All internet piracy rubbed out. All offending sites closed down. Maybe even a "War on Internet Conspiracy Theories" needs to be fought, so everyone winds up believing the - often terribly contrived - official accounts of the history we are currently living through, and the events that are shaping the world. ---- Perhaps the powers-that-be (PTB) had this plan for the Internet all along: Don't do anything to regulate it in the beginning, so it becomes a free space where anything goes, and one that grows fast and thrives. But once it has "matured" - with over say 3 Billion people online - that's when you want to regulate the fuck out of it, and turn it into something that doesn't question corporate and government, but rather bends over backwards to it. ---------- Take it from me, these powerful people follow a set agenda, and that agenda say "The Internet must be brought under control". What does it matter that CISPA passes or not. They will wait 3 months and push another bill with the same content through. ----------- It was nice knowing you, Free Internet. Too bad that future generations will never experience you, because the only Internet they know will be a bound, gagged, homogenized and filtered Internet. Farewell, old friend. You served humanity, and served it well. Too bad that the PTB don't want you to stay this way. And too bad that they are ignorant enough to want to destroy everything that made the internet useful and interesting.
  • by Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @04:50PM (#39873205)

    Apparently, when Bush referred to the Constitution as "just a goddamn piece of paper" he wasn't only being a traitorous ass, he was setting legal precedent.

    Yeah! Except for the fact that he never said anything remotely like that. [factcheck.org]

    True scepticism means doubting the things you really want to be true.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @04:57PM (#39873245)

    We should be as eager not to give them any more money, too, whenever we can.

    And yet millions of people will go to see movies like Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers this summer. Most of them will probably never even consider that every penny they spend on those tickets will find its way into a Congressman's pocket in order to push through the next SOPA/PIPA/CISPA bill or ACTA/TPP trade agreement.

  • Re:Google (Score:4, Insightful)

    by cpu6502 (1960974) on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @05:44PM (#39873653)

    As I explained in my article submission to slashdot (same topic): "They get immunity from civil and criminal liability in court." - In other words you can't sue your ISP or website corporation, if they reveal your private data, surf history and/or passwords to the U.S. DHS.

  • Re:Google (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gstoddart (321705) on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @08:07PM (#39874809) Homepage

    Does this count as doing evil?

    Yes.

  • by ATMAvatar (648864) on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @08:20PM (#39874865) Journal

    Well, that's what you get for thinking we still have a government by, for, and of the People.

    We still do. Remember: corporations are people, too.

If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts. -- Albert Einstein

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