[Politech] Weekly column: The Specter-Leahy bill's Net crackdown [fs]

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Mon Jul 04 2005 - 20:11:01 PDT


The coming Web security woes
July 4, 2005, 6:00 AM PT
By Declan McCullagh

Our esteemed leaders in the U.S. Congress are vowing to enact new laws 
targeting data thieves, backup-tape burglars and other information-age 

We should be worried.

Any reasonable person, of course, should agree that such thefts must be 
punished and data warehouses should let us know if our information falls 
into the hands of criminals.

But a bill announced last week by Sens. Arlen Specter, R-Penn., and 
Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., goes far beyond reasonable data security 
precautions. It amounts to a crackdown on individuals, bloggers and 
legitimate e-mail list moderators.

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