Speaking of Nosey Nellies

How is it changing things

Does the nonesuchagency* really need to know what strange, random books I buy off amamazon*?

This is from The Hill — not some gif-ridden, mouth-foaming prepper site. Discussing the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, coming up for vote in U.S. Senate. …which means it’s already been passed by the House? In dead silence? hm…

Companies would be given new authority to monitor their users — on their own systems as well as those of any other entity — and then, in order to get immunity from virtually all existing surveillance laws, they would be encouraged to shaaare vaguely defined “cyber threat indicators” with the government. This could be anything from email content, to passwords, IP addresses, or personal information associated with an account. The language of the bill is written to encourage companies to share liberally and include as many personal details as possible.

That information could then be used to further exploit a loophole in surveillance laws that gives the government legal authority for their holy grail — “upstream” collection of domestic data directly from the cables and switches that make up the Internet.

I only understand this InnarToobz thing in a vague, conceptual way. Yanno, “a series of information tubes.” So I can’t really tell if this is a thing. Any information, illumination etc would be welcome.

The Hill includes, for some reason, this bit, with link:

…the general public seems to care more about Google and Facebook using their personal data to target advertising than the government using it to target drone strikes.

Well…. That will catch one’s attention. I don’t think they’re just talking about Moolah Oh-mar’s ebay shopping, here…

Here’s the bill as it stands: *clicky*clicky*

*One thing I have noticed, given my habit of typing in the vernacular, is my increasing tendency to spell words that might trip the zen-sors to appear to be random nonsense words.

So it’s already having its effect…


  1. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 7:35 am |

    When the First and Fourth Amendments are finally dead and buried, will there be a monument on the National Mall?

  2. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 7:39 am |

    Cash sales would work for a while, but then there are the surveillance cameras, which no doubt will soon be linked with a transaction at the register and the inventory sold.
    Besides, I have no doubt the drones are working hard to outlaw cash and go to electronic transactions only.

  3. Fawkes News (#Snarknado)
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 8:48 am |

    I’m pretty sure this is happening already, law or no law.

  4. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 9:06 am |

    Companies would be given new authority to monitor their users …

    Of course, the companies could also say thanks for the authority but no – we won’t be spying on our customers.

    More than enough evil to go around here.

    (Now mind you, if a company, like anyone, becomes aware of a genuine threat by legitimate non-snooping means, they still have the moral duty to do what’s necessary to head it off. It’s the everybody-gets-to-snitch-on-everybody-else part that gets to be frightening.)

  5. mojo
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 11:29 pm |

    I the beginning, there was the fiber ring. And all were connected to it. OC192 would be part of a good search term.