CISPA 2.0 Passes House … Anonymous Calls for Monday Blackout

We’re a little late on this one but just in case you haven’t heard …  the House passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) this past Thursday with a 288-127 vote. For those that need a little background, CISPA would basically make it easier for private industry and the government to share threat information with each other. This collaboration would theoretically make it easier for all involved to identify and stop attacks. Sounds reasonable … but companies sharing the information would also be shielded from any legal repercussions of passing along sensitive data such as personally identifiable information (PII).

There’s a lot of wiggle room in this general description and amendments have been flying all over the place trying to clarify the privacy and civil liberty protection aspects to prevent abuse. One recent reasonable-sounding amendment was shot down that would have required a warrant prior to allowing government perusal or searches of any information collected. In its current form President Obama has threatened to veto the bill. In protest Anonymous is calling for an Internet Blackout tomorrow the 22nd.


Privacy and civil liberties protections, like beauty, are in the eye of the beholder, at least when it comes to legislation to get businesses and governments to share cyberthreat information.

The debate over the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which passed the House of Representatives by a 288-127 vote April 18, has centered on whether the bill known as CISPA provides citizens sufficient privacy and civil liberties protections. The bill’s bipartisan sponsors contend amendments added to the legislation furnish those safeguards. But a handful of Democratic lawmakers and President Obama remain skeptical.

The two sides are reading the same bill and coming to different conclusions. What are their views, and why do they differ on what the legislation says?

Rep. Adam Schiff of California is among a handful of Democrats who believe cyberthreat information sharing can be achieved with proper privacy safeguards by tweaking the legislation to be more specific about how business and government treat content found in intercepted messages, including getting businesses to anonymize personally identifiable information, or PII. Speaking on the House floor on April 17, Schiff says the legislation needs to do more to assure that personal information isn’t shared with the military, including the National Security Agency.

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