Hacker News article When you’ve spent the last three years in the United States, you’ve likely been able to access the internet with a reliable ISP or cable modem.
The main reason that these services exist is that the US has some of the most restrictive internet regulations in the world.
But in the past few months, things have changed in the US.
In a bid to combat the rising tide of terrorism and data breaches, US President Donald Trump signed a bill into law on February 14 that allows for the government to shut off internet service to those that don’t adhere to some of its most restrictive policies.
The legislation, titled the USA Freedom Act, was the brainchild of the House of Representatives, which passed it with a vote of 289 to 217.
Its main aim is to combat terrorism and other cybersecurity threats.
“The purpose of the USA Act is to provide an unprecedented level of security for American citizens, businesses, and individuals by making it illegal for companies to engage in ‘cybersecurity-related activities’ that ‘are designed to undermine the security of the United State,’ according to the bill,” a spokesperson for the White House said in a statement.
“The act also requires all private sector entities that engage in cybersecurity-related activity to have cybersecurity policies in place that specifically prohibit the use of their data for ‘cybernetical purposes,’ including the propagation of propaganda, the acquisition, use, distribution, or sale of malicious software, and the dissemination of ‘cyberskin propaganda.'”
The legislation will make it easier for companies that provide internet services to be shut down by the US Government, which will then be able to do so under the guise of “cyber security” or “national security.”
However, the legislation also requires that the ISPs have the capability to suspend service to people if they do not comply with the rules.
“If the operator of a telecommunications service fails to comply with these new cybersecurity rules by December 31, 2020, or in the event of failure to comply, the operator must notify the Federal Communications Commission and the Attorney General of the violation,” the bill reads.
“This is not just a technical requirement,” an official from the US Attorney’s office told Wired.
“It’s a legal requirement, and it means that if you have a criminal investigation going on, the government has to prove that the operator failed to provide the security requirements.”
According to the government’s draft regulation, ISPs that don ‘yield to any of the requirements set forth in the bill, including providing the necessary infrastructure, may be required to terminate service for a period of 30 days for noncompliance, or terminate service permanently if there is a reasonable suspicion that the provider has engaged in conduct that constitutes cyber terrorism.
“The law goes on to outline specific requirements that must be met before an ISP can be forced to shut a service down, including: “If the provider of telecommunications services fails to take any reasonable action in response to a security violation, the service provider must promptly report the security violation to the Department of Justice.
“According a spokesperson from the Department, “the provision requires ISPs to comply promptly with the requirements for national security, including reports to the Federal Trade Commission, and to ensure that any cybersecurity incident is detected and reported promptly.
“The bill also states that if a provider is found to have engaged in cyber terrorism, the provider can be fined up to $1 million and the operator can be required by a court to pay up to 2.5% of the profits from the sale of a service that were lost because of a cyber attack.
The bill also imposes sanctions on ISPs for failing to take appropriate security measures to protect customer data.”
In an attempt to combat this legislation, US lawmakers in the House passed a bill in the Senate that would also require ISPs to install encryption software that would prevent them from accessing customer data and providing customer information. “
This includes fines for a breach of the terms and conditions of a customer’s contract or agreement.”
In an attempt to combat this legislation, US lawmakers in the House passed a bill in the Senate that would also require ISPs to install encryption software that would prevent them from accessing customer data and providing customer information.
The encryption software is called OpenSSL and is widely used by companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter.
The US government has also taken a firm stance on encryption by passing legislation in Congress that prohibits any company from selling encryption software, as well as requiring companies to retain customer data for six months.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.