Monday, February 18, 2013

CISPA IS BACK


Digital rights activists vow to fight CISPA By Caitlin Dewey, February 14, The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/digital-rights-activists-vow-to-fight-cispa/2013/02/14/e0c63282-7626-11e2-8f84-3e4b513b1a13_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines

[Excerpted] The next battle in the war over the Internet’s future may have launched this week in a K Street conference room.

So say privacy advocates and digital rights activists, who already are marshalling for a fight against the reintroduced legislation. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act passed the House in April 2012, but died soon after.
 
Proponents say the bill, which lets government and private companies share “cyber threat information,” would protect the country against compromising hacks. Opponents have called it the “cyber-spying bill” and claims it puts personal information in the government’s hands.

Those concerns torpedoed CISPA the first time around: Two days before an April 2012 House vote, the Obama administration threatened to veto the legislation over its lack of privacy safeguards.

“The sharing of information must be conducted in a manner that preserves Americans’ privacy, data confidentiality, and civil liberties and recognizes the civilian nature of cyberspace,” a White House statement read. “Cybersecurity and privacy are not mutually exclusive.”....

Majia here: Cybersecurity and privacy may not be mutually exclusive in principle

but the expansion of the US surveillance industry ensures that cybersecurity and privacy will be exclusive in practice.

See The Washington Post's Top Secret America to see why here

How did we get here? Read my account here


BACKGROUND ON SURVEILLANCE
 
Jan 16, 2013
Majia here: Surveillance extends throughout American society in many forms, ranging from unwarranted monitoring of electronic communication and searches to drone surveillance of spaces formerly believed to be private.
 
Jan 11, 2013
The Obama Administration does not have an exemplary record protecting whistleblowers, nor for protecting US civilians from unwarranted surveillance. Recently the Washington Post covered a statement made by the ...
 
Apr 11, 2012
The Surveillance State. Thirteen Ways Government Tracks Us. Published on Monday, April 9, 2012 by Common Dreams by Bill Quigley https://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/04/09-14. Posted by Majia's Blog at 8:14 AM ...
 
Nov 23, 2012
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) - a division of DHS - uses the unmanned drones inside the U.S. to patrol the borders with surveillance equipment like video cameras, infrared cameras, heat sensors, and radar.... Posted ...


 

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