Alert: Is The Government Trying To Surveil Our Online Messages With New Congressional Bill?

(Tea Party 247) – A privacy organization is warning that a bill in Congress could lead to serious violations of privacy by requiring that “every message sent” be read by government-approved scanning software.

According to WND, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said that the EARN IT bill sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and Richard Blumenthal, D-CT could put an end to encryption online.

EFF noted that the bill’s author avoided the use of the word “encryption,” but that what they’ve proposed is “legislation that enables an all-out assault on encryption.”

“It would create a 19-person commission that’s completely controlled by the attorney general and law enforcement agencies. And, at the hearing, a vice-president at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children made it clear what he wants the best practices to be,” EFF said.

“NCMEC believes online services should be made to screen their messages for material that NCMEC considers abusive; use screening technology approved by NCMEC and law enforcement; report what they find in the messages to NCMEC; and be held legally responsible for the content of messages sent by others.”

It appears the goal is “an Internet where the law required every message sent to be read by government-approved scanning software. Companies that handle such messages wouldn’t be allowed to securely encrypt them, or they’d lose legal protections that allow them to operate.”

The proposal would allow for the removal of some legal protections under Section 230 of federal law for sites that don’t adhere to “best practices.”

The report says that these sites could “be sued into bankruptcy.”

“You can’t have an Internet where messages are screened en masse, and also have end-to-end encryption any more than you can create backdoors that can only be used by the good guys. The two are mutually exclusive. Concepts like ‘client-side scanning’ aren’t a clever route around this; such scanning is just another way to break end-to-end encryption. Either the message remains private to everyone but its recipients, or it’s available to others,” EFF warned.

The “commission” would be made up of law enforcement and its allies, the organization also explains.

“Not only will those groups have a majority of votes on the commission, but the bill gives Attorney General Barr the power to veto or approve the list of best practices. Even if other commission members do disagree with law enforcement, Barr’s veto power will put him in a position to strongarm them.”

EFF also noted that once a scanning precedent is set, “Authoritarian regimes around the world will rejoice, as they have the ability to add their own types of mandatory scanning, not just for child sexual abuse material but for self-expression that those governments want to suppress.”

19 COMMENTS

  1. Wow! And what’s new? When government, aside from few revolutions and civil wars, didn’t try to expand like a plague?
    You think all this National quarantine and lockdown has anything to do with some virus which will be gone in three weeks?!… Or more likely just first rehearsal of things to come? The elites are well aware that pressure is building at the base of that pyramid holding all seeing eye ( don’t remember were you saw that? take a closer look at the dollar bill in your hand! And yes, that’s an Illuminati symbol, just to know where your freedom and rights went!) ,so they are preparing ,because they won’t give up the power easy. And as long as enough people fall for their hoax, wearing N95 face masks and stay away 6 feet from each other, they seem they won. But people is waking up. And I hope sooner than later!

  2. Leave it to lying Lindsey Graham to co-sponsor this anti-constitutional pos legislation. He’s always been democrat wolf with a sheep’s keister.

  3. My roomate’s mother makes $67 every hour on the internet. She has been fired from work for nine months but last month her paycheck was $21270 just working on the internet for a few hours….
    seee…..
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  4. George Orwell 1984 is alive and well.This taking away our rights.The virus has nothing to with this bill .Who is the one in those agencies to say what is right or wrong.Considering some of the people in those agencies think they are above the law.Look T what has happened.

  5. Democrats clearly want to destroy America as we know it, and rule over us like the Iranian tyrants do their captive citizenry.

  6. That is what China is doing. They monitor everything on the internet. And our messages have been read all along by the government.

  7. we are so dishearted with all the panic over virus & looks like pres trump has been sucked in by media. i had rather take my chances with viruses than lose my freedom to politicians

  8. When do you Tea Potty Comrades intend to understand that fascists are not leftists? If they were leftists, then explain why neo-Nazis and neo-Fascists are such simpering fawning Trump sycophants. Does it mean Dear Leader is secret leftist himself? Please use logic in your answer.

  9. Since when has this phony hipped up virus become a reason to take most of freedom away in the name of saving us. Check the condition of those who died and you will find they were very old with illnesses that compromised their immune system and most were in medical care for something else. Now what does the flu have to do with California banning gun sales. If one checks the statistics of last years viral flu against this years phony viral flu you will find last years was worse. This is how we go Socialist. The government will take care of you but to do so it has to protect you from yourselves. In order to do that the government must take away all your rights, it’s only to protect you. When will the Liberal anti-American traitors realize that if they get what they want they will lose what they have. Why would any people sign up for something that has never worked and is failed every time it has been tried, Russia, Now even Communist China is headed towards Capitalism. wake up America, these Socialist/Communist, Anti-American DemocRAT traitors are looking to destroy what so many men and women have fought and died for, don’t let these sacrifices go for naught.

  10. We need more govern-ment! That will fix everything! We simply DO NOT have enough godz to mandate/dictate our lives!
    After all, it is clearly obvious and obviously clear that WE THE PEOPLE HAVE TOO MUCH LIBERTY! CERTAINLY, WAY TOO MANY FREEDOMS, and must STOP 🛑 THINKING FOR OURSELVES – “reducing the need for govern-ment!
    A call must go out to all American: “return to the nipple of dependency UNTIL YOUR MILK TEETH EMERGE!

  11. That is what a Fascist regime would do sooooo– seems like the Democrat Socialist are going even further left into a Fascist ruled DNC.

  12. Big Brother is ALIVE & WELL in Foggy Bottom, DC! Mr. President, UPROOT THE DEEP STATE! DRAIN THE SWAMP! If any of this proves to be unfeasible, then at least keep a close watch on those watching us!

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