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After a six month break, it is once again time to fight CISPA

October 22, 2013

valessiobrito_Plate_Computer_PrivacySigh. Some battles in DC seem to never end. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is one of those battles. CISPA is a direct attack upon civil liberties and privacy rights. At the same time it fails to actually bring the benefits that are being touted. This spring the House of Representatives introduced and passed a new version of CISPA (Noem’s vote of YEA has not been forgotten!). Luckily CISPA had been shelved by the Senate in April and it was expected to take some time for any further action to be taken. Apparently enough time has passed that the Senate thinks it can get CISPA passed.

This from Mother Jones:

Widely criticized by privacy advocates, CISPA aimed to beef up US cybersecurity by giving tech companies the legal freedom to share even more cyber information with the US government—including the content of Americans’ emails, with personal information intact. CISPA supporters, among them big US companies such as Verizon and Comcast, spent 140 times more money on lobbying for the bill than its opponents, according to the Sunlight Foundation. But after Snowden’s leaks, public panic over how and why the government uses personal information effectively killed the bill. Now that the dust has settled a bit, NSA director Keith Alexander is publicly asking for the legislation to be re-introduced, and two senators confirmed that they are drafting a new Senate version.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) are spearheading this effort in the Senate. Hopefully this effort will once again die. I find it hard to believe the Senate is really going to focus on CISPA when the NSA scandals are still fresh in America’s mind. Not to mention the fact Congress should be doing one a major part of their job done by getting appropriations bills passed. Well, I guess renewing the CISPA battle will once again bring civil libertarians together. Unfortunately it is unclear if Obama will actually veto CISPA as he has promised in the past.

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