Use a Firewall, Go to Jail

Freedom to Tinker: Use a Firewall, Go to Jail.

The states of Massachusetts and Texas are preparing to consider bills that apparently are intended to extend the national Digital Millennium Copyright Act. (TX bill; MA bill) The bills are obviously related to each other somehow, since they are textually similar.

Here is one example of the far-reaching harmful effects of these bills. Both bills would flatly ban the possession, sale, or use of technologies that “conceal from a communication service provider … the existence or place of origin or destination of any communication”. Your ISP is a communcation service provider, so anything that concealed the origin or destination of any communication from your ISP would be illegal — with no exceptions.  [Privacy Digest]

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