Senate Intelligence Committee Approves Dangerous Cybersecurity Bill
from the because-of-course dept
We’ve written about the Senate’s dangerous CIPA bill — which is Congress’ latest (bad) attempt to help increase the NSA-led surveillance state by giving companies blanket immunity if they share private information with the government… all in the name of overhyped “cybersecurity.” We, of course, have been through this fight before, with the CISPA bill, which passed in the House a few times, but couldn’t get any traction in the Senate. This time around, the (really bad) Senate version passed out of the Senate Intelligence Committee by a 12-3 vote (held in secret, of course). Not surprisingly, two of the three who voted against it are Ron Wyden and Mark Udall.
By now you should know: if Ron Wyden and Mark Udall are against something related to surveillance, you should be against it too (and the opposite is true as well).
The “good” news is that despite the overwhelming support by the NSA’s biggest cheerleaders on the rest of the Senate Intelligence Committee, it seems unlikely that the bill will have enough support in the overall Senate. And it will hopefully remain that way. This bill is a dangerous one, that is solely designed to give the NSA and some companies additional legal “cover” for aiding the NSA’s surveillance efforts. Thanks to Snowden’s revelations, companies are, in general, a lot less willing to do that these days anyway, but giving those companies blanket liability to do so is a bad, bad idea.
And while there’s still little to no evidence that the “cybersecurity threat” is anywhere close to as big as what the FUDmongers insist it is, even if that is true, no one has yet explained what laws actually get in the way of having companies share critical cybersecurity information as needed. And, if such laws really do exist, any solution should to just be narrowly focused on fixing those laws, rather than granting broad immunity for sharing just about any info.