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CISPA & CCDP: Digital Surveillance Laws to Rule them All

New digital snooping laws being discussed in the U.K. and U.S. are generating a lot of negative sentiment from advocates of privacy and human rights groups. The new surveillance laws would allow service and platform providers to collect, store and even sell data to third parties and permit its perusal by various security services. In the U.K., the new laws would allow phone calls, browsing history, text messages, emails as well as activity on sites such as Facebook and Twitter to be logged and made available for searching in a central national database. The U.S. is seeking even more draconian powers that would enable corporations to exchange, consume and gather private information on internet users.


 

 

CISPA & CCDP: Same S*it, Different Shovel

Although the U.K. Communications Capabilities Development Programme (CCDP) and U.S. Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) differ on some minor points, it is generally understood that both governments are pursuing similar surveillance agendas.

In a recent petition to stop the U.S. bill, Avaaz.org stated that:

“CISPA would give private companies and the U.S. government the right to spy on any of us at any time for as long as they want without a warrant. This is the third time the U.S. Congress has tried to attack our Internet freedom.”

Avaaz.org

We already touched on Reporters sans Frontières’s recently released Internet Enemies Report in which they discussed countries with poor records of privacy protection or even outright censorship and media control.  Their report stated that “Internet content filtering is growing but Internet surveillance is growing even more. Censors prefer to monitor dissidents’ online activities and contacts rather than try to prevent them from going online.”

We were interested to understand how such surveillance measures in countries that are already employing these practices might affect the citizens and shape their digital lives.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), for instance, has a country-wide firewall that censors and logs all internet activity. In addition to the firewall censorship policies, social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook are subject to round-the-clock monitoring by dedicated teams in Dubai and other emirates.[1]

Security experts, however, say that this type of surveillance is ineffective against anyone who has a genuine need to keep their digital life away from prying eyes.  Any such snooping activities can be rendered ineffective by easily-implemented countermeasures and only traffic generated by everyday citizens would be captured.

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