California Bill attacks internet privacy

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has asked Californian internet users to contact their legislative representatives in connection with two misguided anti-piracy bills that it claims will dramatically curtail their rights to privacy and anonymity.

According to the foundation, California Assembly Bill 2735 and Senate Bill 1506 would require anyone who knowingly disseminates commercial recorded or audio-visual material over the internet to mark it with his or her name and address or face a possible one-year prison sentence.

The EFF says that, because the bills require internet users to post personally identifying information, they fly directly in the face of policy goals and laws that prevent identity theft and spam and protect children and domestic violence victims.


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