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Senator +Ron Wyden (D-OR) is not a supporter of the approach to 'cybersecurity' in the CISPA bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives this spring.

Here's his speech from the floor of the Senate today: Wyden on Cyber-Security: "Privacy should be the default not the exception"

Excerpt: "As they stand, these bills are an overreaction to a legitimate fear. The American people will respond by limiting their online activities. That’s a recipe to stifle speech, innovation, job creation, and social progress.

I believe these bills will encourage the development of a cyber security industry that profits from fear and whose currency is American's private data. These bills create a Cyber Industrial Complex that has an interest in preserving the problem to which it is the solution.

In terms of process, the Senate should proceed in a way that is as open and collaborative as the Internet that we seek to promote and protect.

On substance, any cyber security bill must contain specific and clear descriptions of what types of data and when such data can be captured, and how it can be shared and with whom. Anything not specifically covered should remain private. Privacy should be the default not the exception.

Legal immunity to corporations that share information should be the exception, not the rule, and void if privacy protections or contracts are disregarded."

If you missed it, I wrote up the landscape around this bill at the end of April: http://radar.oreilly.com/2012/04/cispa-legislation-cyber-security.html
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It's nice to know not all congressmen are crazy.
 
I'm glad I get the privilege of being one of his constituents.
 
Another attempt by government to create a problem to justify expansion of government power. Good job Senator Wyden. 
 
Art Robinson is a complete and utter tea-sipping loon. The guy he is running against (Pete Defazio D-OR4) is one of the best people in congress, he's against CISPA and for a lot of things like public transit that would make life better.
 
toupee sliped again fuck
BAG GAB
 
Keep on truckin' Ron...just don't get too cozy with Paul Ryan
 
Quite excellent speech. He brought up the false dichotomy between security and privacy and the fact that the internet isn't an separate world and that the same rules applies.
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