The Breakdown of Obama's Cybersecurity Plan

Online security might become more strict with the implementation of President Obama's proposed cyber-security plans and CFAA amendments.

You could be considered a hacker for innocent behavior like sharing your Netflix password with family members or clicking a link that contains unauthorized content. This all comes because in President Obama's State of the Union address in which he promised to 'protect a free and open internet'.

"No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids," said President Obama. "We are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats, just as we have done to combat terrorism. I urge this Congress to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyberattacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children's information, If we don't act, we'll leave our nation and our economy vulnerable. If we do, we can continue to protect the technologies that have unleashed untold opportunities for people around the globe."

Obama agrees with British Prime Minister David Cameron when he said that there should be no means of communication which we cannot read. Does that mean that the government should have access to everyone's computers?

"To protect our children I want to make it a 10 year felony to share Netflix passwords," said Obama.

Many think this approach is unnecessary, unwelcome and should remain on the shelf. With Obama's proposal a reporter could go to jail for obtaining documents from a whistle blower or by clicking on a link on the computer where information has been put. Reporters covering the next Edward Snowden or Sony Pictures hack could suddenly find themselves facing decades in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in civil fines. Does this seem like "protecting our children" to you?

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