The Public Isn't Buying What The Feds Are Selling When It Comes To Cybersecurity Legislation

from the we're-from-the-public-and-we're-here-to-tell-you-to-leave-us-alone dept

We keep hearing US government officials tell us fanciful stories about why we need cybersecurity legislation that paves the way for the government to get access to private information, but the arguments never make much sense. There are vague claims of threats that really seem more like garden variety hackers, and then there are the completely made up threats that are pulled right from Hollywood scripts -- like the claims that an online attack will lead to planes colliding.

A new survey suggests that the public just isn't buying it. 63% of those polled worried about the impact on privacy and civil liberties if we provided greater information sharing with the government. So for all the talk about how there's "bipartisan" support for doing something here, it's not clear that there's really American public support for this kind of thing.

Filed Under: civil liberties, cybersecurity, hackers


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    Kevin, 13 Jul 2012 @ 11:11am

    Re: [monkyyy the anarchist]

    This is precisely correct. 'Bipartisan' became a useful buzzword for politicians once the polling data began showing that the public largely views Washington as a group of inept, whiny children bickering on the playground instead of being the stewards of the public they were supposedly elected to be. Bipartisan just means that the Republican party and Democratic party agree on something, and the truth of the matter is the two parties aren't that different on a great number of issues (war, stance on Israel, military funding, kickbacks to big business constituency, etc., etc.) and are simultaneously WAY out of line with the public.

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