What is CISPA and how does it affect online privacy?
Recently, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013 (CISPA)
passed through the Senate. You may be wondering what this means exactly for you
as one who does things online.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013, or CISPA, was passed by the House of Representatives Thursday and is making its way closer and closer to President Obama’s desk. The bill first needs to be passed by the Senate, who voted down un-revised version of the bill last spring. If passed, the bill — which was previously titled the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 — would allow companies to share information with the U.S. government in hopes of assisting the government in the investigations of cyber attacks on companies.
One of the major concerns with the proposed bill is the issue of personal privacy. The bill would allow consumer’s personal information that was given to businesses to be shared with the government top-secret spy agencies
It means that you could possibly become more vulnerable to identity theft and other scams. The bill would allow companies to give your personal information to the government, giving more strangers access to your identity. The reality is that anyone — even government employees — can commit identity theft. It’s also important to remember that government agencies can also be hacked, so there is still a possibility that your personal information could be stolen by hackers and used. The bottom line is that the bill would allow more people access to your personal information, which is never a good idea.
As always, since the inception of Ultimate Pivracy we have NEVER stored ANY personal information on our subscribers, and never will. Bottom line, if you have nothing to share, there is nothing to give. We are careful to completely purge any personal data provided to subscribe to our service. A random user ID and password is generated and presented to the subscriber. NO identifying information is kept on file to associate a person to the user id. the only downside to this is that if a subscriber loses or forgets their user access info, we have no way to look it up. To us, privacy is more important. If we stockpiled user info on our subscribers, it would violate the privacy we stand for!
The best way to fight the threat of CISPA is to keep your personal data under wraps! Mask your IP address with everything you do online, either via a VPN or Proxy, both of which we provide. Your IP address, a unique numerical value is assigned by your ISP and traceable right back to your computer. Masking your real IP address is the first step. Most sites and businesses log IP addresses of their visitors. ALL of the free email services like Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail etc..etc.. log the IP addresses of users. Make online purchases? Now that information will be freely available as well. Always use disposable, prepaid Visa cards for online purchases.
it has been said that President Obama will VETO the CISPA bill as it sits should it cross his desk. We will see soon. Until then, take the steps now to protect your privacy online!
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