Restrict Act Gives the Feds Access to All Your Internet Data


Congress is acting bipartisanly to rush through a law that will stop the use of TikTok in the United States. As you read through the vague and broad bill, you might suspect it is more about blocking free speech and accessing all your private data.

The Restrict Act  (S.686), dubbed the Ban TikTok Act, is not about banning TikTok as much as controlling American free speech. It was introduced by a Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner, and a Republican, Sen. John Thune, and that’s as far as it has gotten.

The Restrict Act would allow the Feds access to all the data on our devices, including Ring and home security apps…and it’ll be a crime to use a privacy device. If you use a VPN, you could get 20 years in prison and a million-dollar fine on the say-so of the Secretary of Commerce.

All Internet users would lose their right to privacy. The government could freely, and without your permission, review, prosecute, and take possession of your personal information. They can ban any game, application, or anything.

The law is vague, and with this kind of power, the federal government could silence free speech with little effort.

Without any input from Congress, the Secretary of Commerce decides if your transaction involves a foreign adversary, and you could end up in prison.

“To authorize the Secretary of Commerce to review and prohibit certain transactions between persons in the United States and foreign adversaries and for other purposes.”

The transaction even covers your doorbell camera.

“TRANSACTION.—The term “transaction” means any acquisition, importation, transfer, installation, dealing in, or use of any information and communications technology product or service, including ongoing activities such as managed services, data transmission, software updates, repairs, or the provision of data hosting services, or a class of such transactions.”

The timing section is broad.

The term “covered transaction” includes a current, past, or potential future transaction.

Text – S.686 – 118th Congress (2023-2024): RESTRICT Act | | Library of Congress

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1 month ago

As I suspected. The UniParty is in full force once again.
The Co-Sponsors:

1 month ago

Patriot Act v2.0

Canadian Friend
Canadian Friend
2 months ago

In my opinion they already look at our personal stuff and have for years.

If you are right wing,
anti vax,
want a wall built,
know that elections are rigged,
or dare mention the fact that blacks have much higher crime rates than whites,
or are a parent opposed to CRT or to books showing young kids how to have oral or anal sex,
or are a parent opposed to drag queen shows for kids

then the DOJ puts you on a list of potential domestic terrorists, and this gives them permission to spy on you.

They are reading our comments right now.

They are reading your personal emails and messenger.

I would bet my house and my car they are already looking at anything they want.

Democrats have turned the DOJ, FBI and other agencies into lawless criminal agencies.

1 month ago

Edward Snowden would agree with you. And possibly Julian Assange! That’s why they’re persecuted for “publicly” verifying what you’ve indicated.

The Prisoner
The Prisoner
2 months ago

Mitch sill strongly support it. Kevin will hope that it gets under the radar. A decent speaker would simply block it.

Save America
Save America
2 months ago

Looks like another attack on our First Amendment rights. Are there any true constitutionalists left in DC?