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Submission + - Mozilla Warns CISPA Is "Alarming" Threat to Privacy (cnet.com)

cpu6502 writes: Tech giant Mozilla has publicly slammed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) saying, "While we wholeheartedly support a more secure Internet, CISPA has a broad and alarming reach that goes far beyond Internet security. The bill infringes on our privacy, includes vague definitions of cybersecurity, and grants immunities to companies and government that are too broad around information misuse."

Other companies Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Oracle, Symantec, AT&T and Verizon have all backed the bill. CISPA has been identified as a greater threat to privacy than SOPA, because it would mandate ISPs to share Internet data of users with government, while receiving immunity from civil and criminal liability in court.

Submission + - Netflix creates pro-SOPA super-PAC (rt.com) 1

cpu6502 writes: The streaming content giant has created its own superpac, FLIXPAC, whose main goal is to promote SOPA-like legislation. The last time anti-piracy legislation came close to approval, massive Internet campaigns stopped the bills from passage, but only after opponents practically waged a war against the entertainment industry and supporters of the bills. Netflix, a long-time opponent of online piracy, will now be able to endorse elected officials by way of big-time contributions, with the PAC now approved to hand out up to $5,000 per election.

Trade publication HIS Screen Digest released a study last week estimating that the 3.4 billion online viewings expected to occur by the end of 2012 will outweigh 2.4 billion DVD and Blu-Ray disc views, and NetFlix desires to protect that revenue stream. Among the newest bills authored out of Washington is the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, which includes provisions to monitor internet uploads and downloads.

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