pen-signatureInstead of creating a safer and more secure internet experience for US residents, new laws could create additional loopholes in cyber security.  A bill heading through congress would allow major internet companies to gather and hand over private information from users to the US government.

Similar version of this type of “information sharing” law have already successfully made their way through Congress and this latest effort would compromise private information even more.  This new bill would authorize major tech players like Facebook and Google to take private user information and pass it along to the FBI or NSA.

If this and other suggested bills are passed, these internet powerhouses might also be required to provide a point of entry into chat and e-mail programs.  This could make additional private information available to not only the US government, but also to talented cyber criminals who are versed in hacking.  This can put the pertinent information of innocent people at risk and pave the way for cyber attacks and identity theft.

Some officials also want to allow companies to “hack back” at a perceived threat.  This means that measures can be installed to immediate strike back at an individual or IP address that has launched an initial attack.  While this might seem like a good idea in theory, it carries a great deal of risk.  A properly veiled attack from an experienced hacker could result in a completely innocent individual or company receiving a return attack.

The idea behind cyber security laws and secure websites is to keep private information protected.  Opening up back doors to chat or encouraging information sharing is only putting innocent people at risk.

If you feel as though a private company has shared your private information without your permission you should seek legal help immediately.  An experienced California attorney can analyze your situation to determine if a company acted negligently or unlawfully in sharing your information.  If there is evidence of wrongdoing your lawyer can fight to get you the money you are entitled to in order to cover damages.

California law protects victims of breaches of privacy and provides them with an avenue for recovery against perpetrators.  In California, it is unlawful to publicly disclose private facts which would be offensive and objectionable to a reasonable person, which are not of legitimate public concern.  It is also unlawful in California to intrude upon the personal affairs of others.

AXIS Legal Counsel regularly represents clients in numerous types of privacy violations, including the public disclosure of private facts, invasions of privacy, intrusion upon personal affairs, violations of name, likeness, and image, right of publicity claims, HIPAA/medical privacy violations, online / internet privacy violations, and numerous others. AXIS’s managing attorney, Rabeh M. A. Soofi, is a Los Angeles Privacy Attorney with extensive experience representing numerous victims of privacy breaches.

For information on retaining AXIS Legal Counsel to represent you with respect to a privacy violation, contact or call (213) 403-0130 for a confidential consultation, or visit our Individual Privacy Rights Practice Area, or Individual Rights Portal for more information AXIS is a Los Angeles, California privacy law firm assisting numerous kinds of clients with a wide array of privacy matters.

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