CISPA DOA in the Senate, For Now

They'll try, try again


where's the cispa go?

A representative of the Senate committee that would have to hold hearings on the cybersecurity bill CISPA, passed last week by the House, said the committee won't be taking the legislation up, according to U.S. News. President Obama has threatened a veto, though the Democratic chairman of the committee Jay Rockefeller, certainly echoes the administration when he says CISPA is nevertheless important.

The White House's veto threat, meanwhile, isn't couched in a call to limit federal power, nor even in a defense of privacy, but to make sure corporations are "held accountable." The White House is satisfied that the legislation charges the federal government with protecting privacy, essentially policing itself, but also wants corporations to be required to remove certain personal information from data shared with the federal government.

But the problem with CISPA is the sharing of data itself; terms of service govern the privacy of data shared voluntarily between consumers and corporations. As supporters of CISPA claim those corporations want this legislation, the solution would seem not to require it. Companies are free to include provisions in their privacy policies allowing for data sharing with the governments, just as consumers are free to reject them. As for the companies themselves, their cybersecurity would seem to be their responsibility, not an excuse to extend federal powers into the private sector. Hacking and other cyberattacks are already federal crimes after all.

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  1. Whew, dodged yet another bullet on this one. Have to keep making a fuss and applying pressure every time it comes up though.

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  2. Is Rand Paul against CISPA? I know he’s against the internet tax, but as far as CISPA as a whole I’m not sure of his position.

    1. Of course he’s against CISPA.…..1025.story

      Is it possible for the Senate to introduce Justin Amash’s amendment? Or, once the house has voted it down, is it dead?

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    Lake Superior State College needs to add this to their list of banned words this year.

  4. Good glad to see CISPA is DOA!

    1. Good glad to see CISPA is DOA!

      For now.

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  6. This is one area where the incompetence and unwieldy nature of government works in our favor. Just like the Pentagon is always fighting the last war, and box cutters were outlawed after 9/11, this bill is close to being already obsolete. Any savvy user can already limit the amount of info he shares, and privacy apps will soon be de rigueur. If this bill had passed ten years ago, it would have been much more of a threat. Of course, it did not pass this time either, thank goodness.
    Everybody click on the link anonybot routinely posts. I am not saying buy it, but read the info at least. It does give a crash course in online privacy concerns. Then be aware of what your phone apps are doing. The phone apps are, IMHO, the worst threat. Make sure you are not sharing location, browsing history, etc., which are often set to “share” by default.
    For example, cell towers only pinpoint your location to a general area, but if you have enabled GPS or wifi, then your location is pinpointed to within 6 feet. Only turn those functions on when you need them, for instance when using GPS to navigate. Then turn it off again. An added bonus is that this will extend your battery life a lot.
    Remember, they can’t share info you haven’t given them!

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