CISPAssed! Now With Added DHS!Submitted by McWilly on Thu, 04/18/2013 - 13:47
Tragically, the “new” CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) has again passed the House (288-127 vote) and will now graduate to the Senate, where (hopefully) it will be struck down once more. This was more or less expected, despite best efforts by the online community and privacy advocates – there was little resistance in the House. And naturally, like all monsters in countless horror films, no great evil is ever defeated the first time ’round.
This version was “amended” to reflect concerns about privacy laws, but it was amended in the most absurd fashion imaginable. From the Electronic Frontier Foundation:
The amendment in question does not strike or amend the part of CISPA that actually deals with data flowing from companies to other entities, including the federal government. The bill still says that: “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a self-protected entity may, for cybersecurity purposes…share such cyber threat information with any other entity, including the Federal Government.” The liability immunity provisions also remain.
While this amendment does change a few things about how that information is treated within the government, it does not amend the primary sharing section of the bill and thus would not prevent companies from sharing data directly with military intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency if they so choose.
Amidst the amendments was a measure to include the dreaded DHS in this whole quagmire – yes that same DHS that is stockpiling ammunition and tanks at rates unseen before. (D)Rep Jackson Lee introduced the Dept. into the mix..