The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act is back for round two, but this time around it hasn’t gotten the support it had before from big names like Google, Amazon, and others. In fact many of them have endorsed this rehash of the same legislation that would allow these companies to share unanonymized data of users with the government. Civil liberty groups are saying it “undermines the privacy of millions of Internet users.” And representatives in Congress are using the Boston Bombings as an example of why it should pass.
So the bill that is going around now, is the same one that was floating around before, but Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas said something along the lines that they were real bombs that were used in Boston, and wants the legislation to pass, even though it has nothing to do with terrorists or bombs, but cyber attacks and hacking. I think the honorable Representative should hire someone that knows about this stuff and have the situation explained to him in terms a 5th grader could understand. Seriously, a lot of these people in Congress should. Show them a log of the information that is collected with this legislation, about them, and you will see them leave skid marks because they can’t get into the room to give a nay vote fast enough.
The White House has said it will veto the bill, because it lacks safe guards for our privacy and our rights, it’s still moving along in to the Senate where the bill died last time it was brought up, due in part to a blackout of major websites on the internet and a flood of calls and emails from constituents. This more than anything scared the power that be and the whole situation was dropped like a hot rock. But now, using the Boston Bombing as an excuse for this totally unrelated legislation, is just another day at the office for some of these people in Washington.