Published on April 27th, 2012 | by Robert Orcutt4
CISPA PASSES US HOUSE A DAY EARLY AND RUSHED
The US HOUSE of Representatives amended the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) and then forced onto the floor for a vote one day early than scheduled. The vote passed the bill 248-168 with 15 no votes (yeah thanks for nothing).
You can check and see how your representative voted on CISPA here…
Before the bill was shoved thru, it was amended by Rep. Ben Quale (R-AZ) to include CISPA to allow the US government to use information for cybersecurity or national security; to investigate and presecute cybersecurity crime, protection of individuals, and protection of children. In other words, the US Government will be able to collect and search all information under CISPA for the purpose of investigating American citizens without abiding by privacy protections…or really the 4th Amendment, as long as they claim it is a matter of cybersecurity crime.
You can read what the Electronic Frontier Foundation (Defending Your Rights In The Digital World) states about the CISPA bill and it’s new amendments here….
The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) states: CISPA will have technology companies, like video game systems, internet service providers and more share your use of technology with the US Government under the guise of cyber security.
This can include your browsing history, searches, and even what games you play. It does not specify any restrictions on who can receive this information and for what purpose. Private communications will be coming from private sector companies to NSA. It will broaden the powers of spying entities without oversight with minimal countermeasures or defense strategies. Censorship of websites that publish whistleblower documents could happen and in essence shut them down…so long free speech. You can read their statement here….
All in the name of cybersecurity.
What’s your thoughts on CISPA?
source: ECA, EFF, GAMEPOLITICS