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Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules 125

Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "The cybersecurity bill making its way through the Senate right now is so broad that it could allow ISPs to classify Netflix as a "cyber threat," which would allow them to throttle the streaming service's delivery to customers. "A 'threat,' according to the bill, is anything that makes information unavailable or less available. So, high-bandwidth uses of some types of information make other types of information that go along the same pipe less available," Greg Nojeim, a lawyer with the Center for Democracy and Technology, said. "A company could, as a cybersecurity countermeasure, slow down Netflix in order to make other data going across its pipes more available to users.""
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Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 29, 2014 @12:57PM (#47345159)

    Wouldn't throttling Netflix count as making Netflix "less available," thereby making the ISPs themselves a "cybersecurity threat?"

  • Re:Ob (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Runaway1956 ( 1322357 ) on Sunday June 29, 2014 @01:27PM (#47345313) Homepage Journal

    CISPA was authored by corporations, for the purpose of reigning in "pirates" and the like. Every "rights holder" in the world will become partners with the government, and search out any of us who don't comply with every draconian rule they can think up.

    CISPA is most definitely unconstitutional.

  • by NotSanguine ( 1917456 ) on Sunday June 29, 2014 @06:27PM (#47346565) Journal

    Between CISPA and the ruling against Aereo restricting the rights of others is it any wonder the Republicrats and Democans popularity is at an all time low. They are so far out of touch with realitythey don't give a damn about the rights of anyone but the rich and passing laws and regulations that favor them. Because of that anyone who has voted and will vote Republicrat or Democan, shut up and go sit on the sidelines. You've already demonstrated that you want an intrusive, activist government and as such you have no room to complain. You ASKED FOR THIS.

    ______________________________________ A vote against a Libertarian candidate is a vote to abolish the Constitution itself

    Strange. You encourage people to self-censor on the one hand, while strongly implying your support for free speech (via your sloganeering) with the other. So which is it, AC? Do you want the "blessings of Liberty" or do you want those who disagree with you to, as you put it, "shut up and go sit on the sidelines?" You can't have it both ways.

"So why don't you make like a tree, and get outta here." -- Biff in "Back to the Future"