Internet Kill Switch: Bill would impose limits

By Peter Chubb - Jun 28, 2010

We discussed a couple of weeks back that U.S. lawmakers were in talks to give president Barack Obama emergency powers for the United States Internet infrastructure, which many have called the ‘Internet Kill Switch’. They hope that this would be the perfect solution if the country came under a cyber-attack.

It was no secret that Internet users not only in the U.S. but the rest of the world were worried that this sort of power should not be given to one person and that their freedom has been taken away. However, Sam Gustin from DailyFiance explains that this bill would actually remove some limits on Obama’s power.

As the law currently stands, the U.S. president can shut down the entire telecommunications infrastructure for any amount of time that he desires. However, this new bill will only allow him to do so for 30 days – although he could apply for a 30-day extension.

American’s it seems are worrying about nothing, but it is hard not to do so with what the media – including us – have dubbed the bill (Internet Kill Switch). It is no secret that the Internet now plays an important part of our lives, and if something were to attack it – then things could become very bad for the U.S. and the rest of us. Being able to keep a track and stop such an attack has to be the only logical solution.

Let us remember, we only have ourselves to blame because we rely so much on the technology.

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