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Update 12/18/2015 12pm: The House and Senate have now passed the omnibus bill, including the new version of CISA.
Privacy advocates were aghast in October when the Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act by a vote of 74 to 21, leaving intact portions of the law they say make it more amenable to surveillance than actual security. Now, as CISA gets closer to the President’s desk, those privacy critics argue that Congress has quietly stripped out even more of its remaining privacy protections.
“They’re kind of pulling a Patriot Act,” says OTI’s Greene. “They’ve got this bill that’s kicked around for years and had been too controversial to pass, so they’ve seen an opportunity to push it through without debate. And they’re taking that opportunity.”
-Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)
“Americans deserve policies that protect both their security and their liberty,” he wrote. “This bill fails on both counts.”
- Robyn Greene policy counsel for the Open Technology Institute
“They took a bad bill, and they made it worse,”
Even in its earlier version, CISA had drawn the opposition of tech firms including Apple, Twitter, and Reddit, as well as the Business Software Alliance and the Computer and Communications Industry Association. In April, a coalition of 55 civil liberties groups and security experts signed onto an open letter opposing it. In July, the Department of Homeland Security itself warned that the bill could overwhelm the agency with data of “dubious value” at the same time as it “sweep[s] away privacy protections.”
Source - ACLU
This bill is arguably much worse than CISPA and, despite its name, shouldn't be seen as anything other than a surveillance bill – think Patriot Act 2.0.
But privacy advocates and civil liberties groups see CISA as a free pass that allows companies to monitor users and share their information with the government without a warrant, while offering a backdoor that circumvents any laws that might protect users' privacy. "The incentive and the framework it creates is for companies to quickly and massively collect user information and ship it to the government," says Mark Jaycox, a legislative analyst for the civil liberties group the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "As soon as you do, you obtain broad immunity, even if you've violated privacy law."
originally posted by: rexsblues
They do this every x-mas. Perfect time to pass # like this.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: dreamingawake
If I hear one more person, in the entire future of debate on geopolitics, cite the freedoms in the western world as being an undeniable plus to bring the west above all reproach... Well... I will point them at this information, and ask them "what freedom?".
The USA is no longer the land of the free. The public response will determine if it is still the home of the brave.
originally posted by: peter vlar
Just one more example of why the POTUS should have the option of a line item veto. Then whenever these pricks sneak pork into bills it won't mean that good legislation has to be vetoed entirely because of bull s# attachments and addendums.
There has been no excuse for any of the mass shootings that have occurred since the events of 9/11. This made no difference what so ever to the outcomes of those events.
Those who give up liberty for safety, deserve neither.