April 26, 2012

House GOP Pass Cyber Snooping Law On Party Line Vote

Republicans Want To Read Our Email And Intercept Our Phone Calls - Will This Bill Pass The Senate?

Republicans in Congress  failed to win public support for PIPA and SOPA, and they know the American people are tired of their charades, and when we weren’t looking they passed CISPA. 

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The House of Representatives passed CISPA, or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, by a vote of 248-168. Donna Cassata of the Associated Press has written:

On a partisan vote of 248-168, the GOP-controlled House backed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which would encourage companies and the federal government to share information collected on the Internet to prevent electronic attacks from cyber-criminals, foreign governments and terrorists.

The White House, along with a coalition of liberal and conservative groups and some lawmakers, strongly opposed the measure, complaining that Americans' privacy could be violated. They argued that companies could share an employee's personal information with the government, data that could end up in the hands of officials from the National Security Agency or the Defense Department. They also challenged the bill's liability waiver for private companies that disclose information, complaining that it was too broad.

"Once in government hands, this information can be used for undefined 'national security' purposes unrelated to cyber-security," a coalition that included the American Civil Liberties Union and former conservative Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., wrote lawmakers Thursday.

Echoing those concerns were several Republicans and Democrats who warned of potential government spying on its citizens with the help of employers.

"In an effort to foster information sharing, this bill would erode the privacy protections of every single American using the Internet. It would create a 'Wild West' of information sharing," said Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee.

Said Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas: "Until we protect the privacy rights of our citizens, the solution is worse than the problem."

Not good, not good at all.








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