We’ve covered CISPA last year leading up to its defeat in the Senate … but it looks to be back and in the news again if you haven’t already heard. I find the title of this CNET article from Friday a little startling – “House to Amend CISPA in Secret.” Maybe there’s a good reason for this… Maybe not… I’m assuming that the resulting changes that come out of the “secret” session won’t be secret so privacy advocates and others should get their day. Anyone out there know … can there be “secret” laws?
Another day, another House Intelligence Committee session held in secret, under the rather convenient excuse that “classified information” might be revealed.
As was the case last year when members of the committee amended the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) the first time around — the bill, dubbed a “privacy killer” by online activists and privacy groups, will once again be amended in a veil of secrecy.
According to the committee’s spokesperson, Susan Phalen, (via The Hill), these secret hearings are not uncommon and “sometimes they’ll need to bounce into classified information and go closed for a period of time to talk.”
She said that in order to keep the flow of the mark-up — where rewrites to proposed legislation are made — the committee cannot suddenly stop, order every person and member of the media out of the chamber, only to be brought back in later once the discussions are back on unclassified territory.
Today’s post pic is from SiliconAngle.com.