Friday, April 27, 2012

The birth of Big Brother?

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved CISPA (the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act).  According to Rep. Jared Polis, who opposed the bill, CISPA will "waive every single privacy law ever enacted in the name of cybersecurity."  

CISPA wouldn't formally grant the NSA or Homeland Security any additional surveillance authority.  However, what makes CISPA so controversial is a section stating that, “notwithstanding any other provision of law,” companies may share information with Homeland Security, the IRS, the NSA, or other agencies. By including the word “notwithstanding,” CISPA’s drafters intended to make their legislation trump all existing federal and state laws, including ones dealing with wiretaps, educational records, medical privacy, and more.

"Allowing the military and NSA to spy on Americans on American soil goes against every principle this country was founded on," Polis concluded.

Wired article

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