Friday, April 19, 2013

CISPA Strikes Back!

The hideously unpopular bill CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) has passed the U.S. House, and is headed to the Senate for deliberation.  The bill essentially repeals the 4th amendment, grating the U.S. government the right to acquire your personal data without a warrant, should a private company (ex. your ISP) holding your data hand it over. It also grants easements to ensure that the ISPs do so.

Despite being universally despised by voters of every stripe, the bill remains on the agenda of monied big media interests and people who rooted for the antagonist in the book 1984. The Bill passed 288-127 in favor with only 18 members of the House abstaining. Zdnet noted that "despite numerous amendments and changes, there are no requirements that personal data, such as health records or banking information, should be anonymized before sharing it with the government." It has the support of AT&T, Time Warner, Microsoft, Verizon many others.

Call your senator. Start here.