Now onto the Senate!
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act or CISPA, just passed House despite opposition. The bill is intended to safeguard the US against 'cyber threats,' but there is a catch...
The US House of Representatives has just passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, which is intended to safeguard the US against "cyber threats", however, this one is pretty vague and broad, and could give government and military intelligence agencies the ability to inspect private data without the use of warrants!
This one, will also need to pass the Senate before it would reach the president’s desk. The good news is that, apparently, the Obama administration has already strongly opposed CISPA...Supporters of the bill say that it will significantly improve the government’s ability to defend against cyber threats and share information amongst intelligence agencies and the private sector, while opponents decry it as an overly broad piece of legislation that stomps on privacy.
"The White House believes the government ought to control the Internet, government ought to set standards and government ought to take care of everything that's needed for cybersecurity," House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), a supporter of the bill, told reporters at his weekly news conference. "They're in a camp all by themselves."
Meanwhile, civil libertarians, who have primarily stood against the bill, spoke out against CISPA’s passage.
"CISPA goes too far for little reason," said Michelle Richardson, ACLU legislative counsel, in a statement on Thursday. "Cybersecurity does not have to mean abdication of Americans’ online privacy. As we’ve seen repeatedly, once the government gets expansive national security authorities, there’s no going back. We encourage the Senate to let this horrible bill fade into obscurity."
All we can do is wait... and oppose it just like with SOPA and PIPA!The White House says that the bill lacks civilian oversight and privacy protections, and that "without clear legal protections and independent oversight, information sharing legislation will undermine the public's trust in the government as well as in the internet by undermining fundamental privacy, confidentiality, civil liberties, and consumer protections." Still, the White House has signaled that it is interested in some form of cyber security bill, so this won't likely be its final act.
NEWS SOURCE #1: http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/26/29...e-passes-cispa
NEWS SOURCE #2: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/n...opposition.ars
Our thanks to 'Gauss' for this news update!