This marks the third time Congress is trying to pass the bill to allow corporations to share our personal data with governments loosely. In addition, the 2015 version of CISPA would create a data sharing program between the Department of Homeland Security, Director of National Intelligence, and Secretary of Defense, with no accountability measures outside of their own agencies. Not only that, but any data shared would be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.
We the People beat back SOPA and we beat back 2 prior versions of CISPA. But as we predicted the government has returned with another version of the bill. The idea is that sooner or later the public will be worn down enough to get this bill made law.
Between the FCC regulating “net neutrality,” the Motion Picture Association of America pushing new versions of SOPA on a state by state basis, to this new CISPA effort, our Internet is yet again under assault.
I heard a bunch of cyber security guys making the case for CISPA on NPR this morning, so you know that it’s serious.
(From Pirate Times)
Cyber threat information shared with the government would also be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act and would be a serious blow to transparency in government. Perhaps the worst thing about the CISPA 2015 bill is that it would give immunity from criminal prosecution and lawsuits to anyone sharing cyber threat information with the government. CISPA 2015 would provide for an even cozier relationship between Silicon Valley and the US government at the detriment of civil liberties and privacy for everyone else.