Policy Round Up: CISPA

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Shanel Adams
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The Cyber Intelligence Sharing Protection Act (CISPA) is currently under review in the House Intelligence Committee. This bill will determine if private companies can share information with the federal government regarding cyber threats.

After first being introduced in the 112th Congress, CISPA sparked outrage from advocacy groups and citizens who saw the bill as an invasion of privacy. This bill is an example of the growing debate on whether or not personal information on the internet should be accessed by government. 

Joan McCarter believes CISPA is an infringement upon Americans’ rights:

“A year ago, the House of Representatives was poised to pass the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). It was a dangerous bill, threatening to obliterate Internet users’ privacy rights and, in fact, to trump every privacy law on the books. It would have let companies share users’ private information, including the content of email and other communications without personal information being stripped out. And it would have given companies broad legal immunity to do that.”

Read the full article in Daily Kos

Dana Leibelson writes about President Obama’s executive order to ensure cyber security:

“Largely overlooked among President Obama’s State of the Union policy moves was a push to protect US infrastructure from cyberattacks. The president signed an executive order that expands information-sharing between the government and private companies to, as he said in Tuesday night’s address, develop “standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy.” Conservatives and big business are warning of executive overreach—but in fact, the cybersecurity program gives companies more information than it requires from them, relies heavily on congressional support, and even makes civil liberties advocates happy.”

Read the full article in Mother Jones.

Zak Islam informs us that people generally believe that CISPA would expose the personal information of citizens:

“CISPA would “empower American businesses to share anonymous cyber threat information with others in the private sector and enable the private sector to share information with the government on a purely voluntary basis.The general consensus is that CISPA would allow technology firms such as Facebook and Google to expose personal information about their users. “What constitutes ‘good faith’ is unclear on the face of CISPA, given its overall vagueness—which is likely to make difficult any attempt at litigating against companies,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation said in 2012.”

Read the full article in Tom’s Hardware.

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