On Thursday, Joseph Lieberman introduced the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S. 3414) – a replacement for the failed Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S. 2150). The Electronic Frontier Foundation has this to say about the new legislation:
“Currently, the bill specifically authorizes companies to use cybsersecurity as an excuse for engaging in nearly unlimited monitoring of user data or countermeasures (like blocking or dropping packets). We’ve argued that this language is overly broad and could be interpreted by an overzealous ISP to let them block privacy-protective technologies like Tor. When the bill goes to the floor next week, we’re going to be throwing our weight behind amendments to address these ongoing flaws.”
Catch that mention of Tor? It’s worth checking out. Tor is a piece of software that allows people to browse the Internet with relative anonymity, protected from efforts to track online activity. You can download Tor and install it for free.