MPAA kills California anti-pretexting bill

Pretexting. It’s basically a term for pretending to be someone that you’re not to gain information. While used a lot in espionage, it’s technically not something that you can do in most states. Not California though. In a last minute campaign effort, the MPAA succeeded in brainwashing legislators from voting against the anti-pretexting bill. This was due to the fact that the MPAA said it would impede them from investigating Internet piracy.

“It doesn’t surprise me that the MPAA would be against bills that protect privacy, and the MPAA has shown that they are willing to pay lots of money to intrude on privacy,” Rothken said. “I do think there needs to be better laws in place that would deter such conduct and think that it would probably be useful if our elected officials would not be intimidated by the MPAA when trying to pass laws to protect privacy.”

What’s interesting is that the MPAA is basically justifying a means of social engineering which is illegal to pretend to be someone you’re not, to catch piracy. By this logic, the MPAA is educating us that it’s okay to gray area any sort of method to catch someone, when the end result is for the good. Amusing with the flawed logic since police officers can’t break the law to catch bad guys. [sigh]
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