Sneaky CISPA, Closed Markups, And Secret Discussions
You would think that the most integral part of any working democracy would be an open government that discusses all aspects of the laws it makes for its people where they can access the details easily, and chime in as and when they felt it necessary to do so. However, where CISPA is concerned, forget it. It's for 007's eyes only, or something. Why is that? It's classified.The trouble with CISPA
In a nutshell, CISPA goes overboard in the authorities it grants, it lacks critically necessary civil liberties protections, and it inadvertently authorizes and immunizes conduct that itself constitutes a cybersecurity crime.https://www.cdt.org/blogs/greg-nojeim/0104cispa-needs-major-surgery-%E2%80%93-public-operating-room
While there's no doubt that there are problems with online security, making laws that permit unaccountable spy agencies to monitor the public's use of the internet while permitting a runaway DoJ to interpret the CFAA any way it wants to is a recipe for disaster. http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130328/03042922491/us-governments-failure-to-protect-public-privacy-is-driving-business-overseas.shtml
The whole idea, in case you're interested, is to protect
US businesses from "theft" of their data, etc., by unscrupulous hackers, etc. It's actually a boondoggle for security companies and "experts."Can it be fixed?
The Center for Democracy & Technology seems to think so. Their solutions include:
♦ Promote civilian, not NSA, control of the federal government’s cybersecurity program for the private sector;
♦ More carefully describe the cyber threat information that can be shared;
♦ Specify which laws would be pre-empted for cybersecurity information sharing, instead of pre-empting all laws;
♦ Ensure that information shared for cybersecurity purposes is used for cybersecurity, with limited law enforcement exceptions;
♦ Clarify that the bill does not authorize and immunize computer hacking to obtain cyber threat information from another;
♦ Add some of the civil liberties protections in last year’s Senate bill.
There's room for discussion here. The point is, we need to be involved, not shut out.It's that time again
Please call your representatives to ask them to hold the discussion in public and make public the minutes and notes of those discussions. Ask them to adopt the proposals of the Center for Democracy & Technology and if they won't, ask them to reject the bill altogether this time.
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