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Critics Say Security Laws Sacrifice Civil Liberties

Civil Libertarians are in a dither again, this time over new disclosure provisions for Internet service providers that are contained within the recently signed Homeland Security Act. Before the ink was even dry on President Bush’s signature, Civil Libertarians and legal experts were sounding alarms about Section 225 of the HSA. That section contains the controversial Cyber Security Enhancement Act, initially introduced by Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas). Designed to strengthen sentencing guidelines for computer crimes that result in death or physical injury to others, the CSEA includes a number of provisions that loosen disclosure laws for ISPs and other companies that communicate online. Full Story

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