CISPA would significantly erode consumer privacy and expand Internet activity surveillance under the guise of "cybersecurity," and it's receiving lots of support from AT&T and Verizon because it would give them (more) blanket immunity for privacy abuses. The EFF is once again urging citizens to write their representatives in order to have CISPA put down humanely.
According to a statement (pdf) by the White House, they're claiming they'll veto the proposed law if meaningful privacy protections aren't added to the bill as it winds its way through the legislative process. Unfortunately, all of the amendments designed to add such privacy protections are being voted down by the House Rules Committee without any serious consideration:
quote:All of these seemed like reasonable responses to the privacy concerns raised by the White House and others. And they were all rejected before they even got to the floor. Yes, this wasn't about them being voted down by the whole House. Rather, the Rules Committee voted not to even let them be voted on by the House. Why? As far as I could tell from the hearing, the answer was "because [reasons]." Also some garbage about how no one intended the law to be misused. Um. If that's the case, why not put it in the law to block it from being abused?
CISPA sponsor Rep. Mike Rogers made things a little more entertaining this week by insisting that the only people who were opposing CISPA were fourteen-year-olds living in their parents' basement. The Internet quickly and loudly corrected him.
...like you are playing with toy cars....you might be 14yo or younger. The guy is a tool and cannot eloquently explain himself because he doesn't understand it either. He is just a shill. -- "WHEN THE LAUGH TRACK STARTS THEN THE FUN STARTS!"
So all the folks who signed this are 14 year olds...
"Today, a group of prominent academics, experienced engineers, and professionals published an open letter to members of the United States Congress, stating their opposition to CISPA and other overly broad cybersecurity bills."