“What would the impact be on privacy, both pro and con?” the Committee continued.
The answer to that question was “provided in the classified supplement” to the General’s response, and was not made public (see question 27).
“It is astounding that Lt. Gen. Alexander’s remarks on the impact on privacy of future modifications to the Internet under his command should be withheld from the public,” wrote Jared Kaprove and John Verdi of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), especially given the President’s declared commitment to upholding privacy protection in the nation’s cybersecurity policy.
Several influential entertainment industry trade groups, including the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America and the Screen Actors Guild, seem to think that the nation’s security is at risk because of DVD and CD piracy.
Among their proposals are calls for the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to arrange preventative measures to combat piracy before major motion pictures are released.