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CISPA Passes House Despite Obama Veto Threat


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JL
- 554 days ago - accessnow.org
The House of Representatives passed the privacy-invading Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) by a vote of 288 - 127. The bill must still pass the Senate, and overcome a veto threat from Obama, before it becomes law.



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JL A. (275)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 2:52 pm

CISPA passes House despite Obama veto threat
2:21pm | 18 April 2013 | by Access Team

The House of Representatives passed the privacy-invading Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) by a vote of 288 - 127. The bill must still pass the Senate, and overcome a veto threat from Obama, before it becomes law.

This is CISPA’s second passage through the house. Like last year, the bill lacks adequate privacy protections, offers overly broad immunity to corporations, and would undermine existing legal protections for user data and privacy. Like last year, Access condemns the passage of CISPA, and will continue to work against it as it passes to the Senate.

CISPA allows for sharing of personally identifiable data from private companies with the military and government agencies, without limited safeguards. While CISPA does not require that companies share this data, it grants them broad legal immunity--so long as they acted in “good faith.”

The vote came after hearings on a number of amendments, which Access is still analyzing. Some proposed privacy-protecting amendments were ignored or blocked from consideration; including one which would have required that information be shared only with civilian agencies, and another would have required private entities to take “reasonable efforts” to remove personally identifiable information on individuals unrelated to cyberthreats.

Despite the bill’s passage, the threat of a presidential veto still stands. The Obama administration’s threat comes after an open letter by dozens of US privacy and civil liberties organizations requesting he reject the bill.

CISPA would not only affect users in the US, but anyone using US-based services, like Facebook or Google, or communicating on US networks--and it would set a dangerous precedent around the world for cybersecurity policy.

The bill was publicly opposed by academics and engineers, companies (a list is available at CISPAisBack.org), and civil liberties and privacy organizations.
 

Vicky P. (466)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 3:12 pm
bunch of ***holes they are
 

Kathy B. (101)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 3:52 pm
Their needs to be a cleansing of the House methinks!
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 4:13 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kathy because you have done so within the last day.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (68)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 4:47 pm
noted, thanks!
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 5:19 pm
You are welcome Roger!
 

Freya H. (304)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 5:23 pm
Let us hope this fascist bill doesn't pass the Senate - and that the House doesn't have enough votes to override an Obama veto. Kathy B., your attitude shows that my "Pledge to Re-elect Nobody" petition was not necessarily a waste of time.
 

Judith Hand (59)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 6:20 pm
Noted.
 

Kathy B. (101)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 7:12 pm
I hope I just flagged the spammer (I got a blank screen after I hit the submit button, so who knows?)(
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 7:16 pm
Thanks Kathy!
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 7:33 pm
SPAMMER FLAGGED

There are just too many people that vote and vote again for the incumbent. The jokers in Congress (both Houses) just need to feel the wrath of the people by seeing their buddies kicked out. This is an issue that should be making people very angry, but it's just not getting enough attention. I'm glad you are helping that endeavor, J L.
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 7:41 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 19, 2013, 7:21 am
No way. I don't want the government spying on me while I'm on the computer.
 

Jakob S. (0)
Monday April 22, 2013, 5:01 am
This is horrendous. Please, President Obama, veto this bill!
 
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