Earlier this week the US announced additional sanctions against countries who use technology to commit human rights abuses. Countries such as Iran and Syria – already the subject of US sanctions – are accused of using technology to monitor and track their citizens – especially those who disagree with the ruling regime. The sanctions make it illegal for US companies to sell certain technologies to the affected nations.
In other news, the US House of Representatives has passed CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) which gives the US government the right to view the private data of web users if they are suspected of being a “cyber threat”. The bill is controversial because it follows hot on the heals of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), and critics argue that it is designed more to target illegal file sharers than genuine Internet security threats. President Obama has said he will veto the act as it does not provide for sufficient privacy and oversight safeguards.