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Corporations Question SSSCA

By Dlugar in MLP
Wed Oct 24, 2001 at 01:07:18 AM EST
Tags: Freedom (all tags)
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Most of us here have heard at least something about the SSSCA, the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act--the bill recently proposed to the United States Congress, backed by Disney and Sen. Ernest Hollings. The bill has been criticized by the usual players, such as the EFF and others, calling it "Government Policeware on your PC." The surprising new additions to the battle against the SSSCA are, according to C-Net, very well-known technology companies such as Intel, IBM, and Microsoft.


It is doubtful that companies such as Intel, IBM, or Microsoft are very worried about consumer rights. The probable reason for them opposing the bill is because of the hardware and software issues involved in making every device compliant. It is likely that the supporters of the SSSCA could amend the bill to be more palatable to the corporate opposition, while still infringing terribly on consumer rights. So write to your elected officials today.

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by Secret Coward on Wed Oct 24, 2001 at 02:42:28 PM EST

Dear Diary,

While approaching the capital building this morning, I was approached by a lobbyist from IBM. She asked me to support the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act (SSSCA) so that terrorists would not be able to destroy our nation's second biggest export, entertainment. Apparently IBM's hard drive division has already developed the technology to do this. She sounded very reasonable and I am inclined to agree with her. I am particularily intrigued by the $2000 donation IBM just made to my campaign.

This afternoon, another lobbyist approached me about the SSSCA, this one representing IBM. He told me the SSSCA was unworkable and would cost billions in computer support costs. He mentioned that IBM spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year advertising on all-news channels. I notice IBM just donated another $1000 to my campaign.

Should I support IBM, or IBM? **sigh** What's a congresscritter to do?

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