Oh That Smell: CISPA Returns from the Dead

by | Apr 16, 2013

A new and much unimproved CISPA bill heads for the House Floor for a vote this week. The new measure strips what little privacy measures and makes it even more mandatory that the private company you trust with your business be forced by the government to spy on you. CISPA died the ignoble death it deserved when it was first brought up in 2011, but Washington being Washington, like a bad zombie film bad legislation rises from the grave even more odious and odorous than when it was first buried.

As Mathew J. Schwartz writes this week in Information Week:

“Given the previous bill’s untimely demise, surely Rogers’ comments reflect how the committee learned from its mistakes and included tough new privacy protections in the latest version of CISPA?

“Guess again. The House Intelligence Committee, before voting 18-2 last week to send the bill to the House floor — where it could be voted on this week — did amend CISPA in a closed-door meeting, but only to add window-dressing privacy protections. For example, instead of allowing government agencies to use collected data for any national security purpose, the bill’s revised language now limits that to ‘cybersecurity purpose.’”

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