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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > U.S. House of Representatives Pass Bill Restricting The Use of Networks

U.S. House of Representatives Pass Bill Restricting The Use of Networks

U.S. House of Representatives Pass Bill Restricting The Use of Networks

Added: Monday, March 29th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The United States of America House of Representatives has just passed a bill that will forbid employees of the government from using file sharing computer programs and P2P networks.

The bill called The Secure Federal File Sharing Act H.R. 4098, was originally introduced to the government on the 17th of November 2009 and has now passed through four of the six stages (final stages are, a senate vote and the Presidential sign off) required for becoming a new constitution.

The bill covers the employee’s use of P2P networks on all government / home computers or personal computers; this will also apply to all contractors working for the government.

This comes after a number of well publicised leaks of highly sensitive data leaks by employees that had been using P2P networks for recreational use, while not understanding the potential problems this could lead to, with other computers from around the world trying to connect to their computers.

These breaches leaked information such as,On Limewire, data for a safe house the Secret Service had possession of for the President and his family was found.

Document’s about the investigation into private ethics, and other sensitive documents and financial records.

But possibly the biggest leak was that of the discovery of a file at an IP address in Iran, which contained all the blueprints and electrical information about the Presidents helicopter “ Marine One”, and all the financial information with regards to the cost of the helicopter.


The main requirements of this bill are,

(a) Updated Guidance on Use of Certain Software Programs- Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, after consultation with the Federal Chief Information Officers Council, shall issue guidance on the use of peer-to-peer file sharing software--

(1) to prohibit the download, installation, or use by Government employees and contractors of open-network peer-to-peer file sharing software on all Federal computers, computer systems, and networks, including those operated by contractors on the Government’s behalf, unless such software is approved in accordance with procedures under subsection (b); and

(2) to address the download, installation, or use by Government employees and contractors of such software on home or personal computers as it relates to telework and remotely accessing Federal computers, computer systems, and networks, including those operated by contractors on the Government’s behalf.

However this does not mean an end to the government’s use of P2P networking as there is an option for the use of these networks, as exceptions will be made on an individual’s needs and each case will be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget, who will decide on the legitimacy of the need for these services.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Edolphus Towns, who has also stated “"While I understand that peer-to-peer file sharing software offers great potential, the security risks of open network use on federal computers and systems far exceed that potential," ,at last a politician has something good to say about P2P networking!

This bill was fast tracked through congress with the final vote count and voting patterns of the District representative shown below.


March 29th, 2010

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Date:  Monday, March 29th, 2010

Comments (14) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-03-29 09:48:04)
4JIMi2sTEXAS0 avatarsucks for the government employees lol ... thanks for the read ALF

posted by (2010-03-29 13:11:24)
cyberartist avatarThanks Uncle Alf - the same basic idea is being discussed for Australian Government employees as we speak. It has not received as much press as the Internet Filter and so stands a good chance of being introduced by stealth.

posted by Blocked (2010-03-29 13:32:48)
iamezaz avatarThis is good,revising the security and all that kinds of stuff at least they are not banning the citizens to use P2P file sharing hahahaha 8 ) thanks for the valuable info uncle alf for bringing and sam for posting it

posted by (2010-03-29 17:42:11)
Darcman44 avatarThat was a damn good read. But what does it really mean?

posted by (2010-03-29 19:41:42)
RunsWithBulls avatarAs always thanks for the info and keep em coming. Go Alaska with it being one of seven state to only get 3 votes all going to the nay side :) way to be an individual on the matter and from a republican state at that.

posted by Supermanimmortal (2010-03-29 19:43:18)
Big_A_Little_A avatar@ Darcman44 - it basically means if you work for or or contracted to work for the US government it will be illegal for you to use any type of P2P networking or have and P2P software such as utorrent etc on either your works computer on home computers,unless you have had authorization from a government department. hope that helps

posted by (2010-03-29 22:43:57)
Bman737 avatarHi yes, is this Mr. Bradley, head of CIA? Yes, excellent, My name is John Smith and I pick up the garbage are fifth street, reason for this call is that I would like to illegally download music and porn. Ahh yes thanks for your approval.

posted by (2010-03-30 01:28:21)
No avatar"home computers or personal computers" you gotta be kidding me, that just stupid.

posted by (2010-03-30 03:30:18)
BenjaWiz avatarGreat government really hilarious next they will want to install cams in your bedroom LOL.

posted by (2010-03-30 03:30:19)
cyberartist avatarAnd typically - the ever vigilant Australian Government is just about to bring in the exact same measures. There are already feasibility studies and white papers etc. ad nauseum. This is receiving far less press coverage than the planned 'internet filter' proposal and so has a good chance of being implemented by stealth. When more than one government comes up with the same brilliant idea - I wonder if I am actually beginning to smell a more global conspiracy. Global Conspiracy - now theres a term. Use it too often and it will be quickly pointed out to you that you are a lunatic and know nothing...

posted by (2010-03-30 03:34:16)
BenjaWiz avatarU.S.A = Unconstitutional Sales Agency ? I reckon it fits lol

posted by (2010-03-30 03:36:35)
BenjaWiz avatarcyberartist smells like that new world order talk that everyone said was bs.

posted by (2010-03-30 04:42:53)
blackwolf411 avatarThanks Alf you to Sam keep em coming.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET lover (2010-03-30 20:17:39)
sam_code4u avatargreat info :)
thanks uncle "or" aunt :)

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