That Awful Privacy-Killing CISPA Bill Is Coming Back to Haunt Us

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We thought we killed all those awful, horrible destroy the Internet-type bills in SOPA, PIPA and CISPA. We might've been wrong. Like a zombie looking for human blood or a sore loser demanding a rematch, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger and Rep. Mike Rogers plan to re-introduce CISPA to the House later this year.

The problem with CISPA, or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, that made it so damn scary was that it would've allowed any company to give away all the data its collected on you if asked by the government. Sure that sounds okay but CISPA had very vague terms and very little oversight, it could have resulted in a free for all on privacy.

When CISPA came about last year, President Obama threatened its livelihood with a veto. This time around, Ruppersberger is working with the White House to let it go through (it passed the House). He told The Hill:

"We're working on some things…working with the White House to make sure that hopefully they can be more supportive of our bill than they were the last time."


Ideally, CISPA would prevent cyberattacks from happening and make it easier for companies to share info about cyber threats and attacks. But we'll see what shape it'll really take form as it's re-introduced later this year. [The Hill]

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We can't really ever stop this kind of shit from getting through Congress, because they'll just keep proposing it over and over again. Eventually our endurance to fight this crap, and to put pressure on our representatives, will flag, and they will win. It's a war of attrition, and we're losing.