Microsoft Slowly Backing Away From CISPA Support; Worries About Privacy Issues

from the take-a-stand dept

One of the key points that backers of CISPA had made throughout the debate on the bill was that it had the support of the "tech industry" -- with Facebook and Microsoft being the key supporters of the bill. Of course, a few weeks ago, Facebook re-pledged its support for the bill... but also stated that it was aware of the privacy concerns and that it would work with lawmakers to fix the bill. Seeing as it's not clear that much was really done to fix the bill, does that mean Facebook may drop its support?

Similarly, Microsoft is now admitting that there are some privacy concerns with CISPA and has softened its stance on it slightly, while not completely pulling its support. Declan McCullagh at CNET reports:
In response to queries from CNET, Microsoft, which has long been viewed as a supporter of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, said this evening that any law must allow "us to honor the privacy and security promises we make to our customers."

Microsoft added that it wants to "ensure the final legislation helps to tackle the real threat of cybercrime while protecting consumer privacy."
This sounds similar to what Facebook was saying. Of course, what's not clear is why they're unwilling to pull support from the bills until such changes are made. Either way, combined with the fact that a few CISPA sponsors even voted against the bill suggests that -- even though it may have passed the House -- support for the overall bill is eroding. That's important, as the fight now moves to the Senate, where the existing cybersecurity proposals are quite different.

Filed Under: cispa, cybersecurity
Companies: facebook, microsoft

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  1. identicon
    BOYCOTT MICROSOFT, 1 May 2012 @ 12:05am



    When this passes you will know who to blame. MS will be the company that pushed this action through. They deserve NOTHING more than desolution of assetts.

    Boycott all Microsoft technologies, now and in the future.
    They are saying they will give your privacy data, your email contents, your search queries, your personal data, your private data.

    They deserve NOTHING but a protest which will occur in REDMOND WA very soon.

    MS deserves nothing for thier abuse of engineers in Redmond, their lowering of wages more than 75%, the importation of illegal engineers by the bus loads every week, the illegal contract,

    If you are a veteran YOU DO NOT get get hired. THEY lie to you. When you apply for a job at Microsoft and include you are a veteran YOU WILL NOT get the job. This is a fact. THEY should be banned for shipping 90% of the workload to India. They deserve NOTHING but dissolution.

    They deserve NOTHING but a boycott.

    MS will be long remembered as siding with the government (for more handouts) siding with the government for more (VISAS).

    Microsoft has illegally imported tens-of-thousands of India using fake contract companies. These one person companies get exclusive right to bid on contract since they agree to do business with Redmond in exchange for using up their limit of Visas, yet these companies are headquartered in India. MS goes through thousands of separate illegal one person companies and hires International workers that are shipped in via Canada/BC border crossing every few days. They then LINE up outside of Building 11 on campus every few days. MS will only let them work on month before they have to be shipped out. ALL imported workers are HOUSED TOGETHER locally across the street. THESE apartments are partnered with MS, and house 15 employees inside jsut a one bedroom apartment. When you go inside these apartments, you can not walk around. Roaches in some. THEY SLEEP on the floor. THere is no furniture. Just people laying everywhere. THe conditions resemble thrid world India. THEY are using these imigrants at the cost of the software industry as other companies are now doing the same.

    THIS support of CISPA will only get them to have MORE VISAS for their importation of workers into Redmond.

    Now that they have partnered with Barnes n Noble Nook and purchased 15% stake, they will be getting data on the BOOKS your read, and will be able to HAND over that data WITHOUT you knowing about it.

    Now lets delete our hotmails accounts, never use a Micro$oft product as they have partnered with 666

    We are living in a country WORSE than China. Yes, America kills its citizens in protest movements, Yes America assasins have taken down free speech. Just ask the Native American Indians, Just ask MLK, Just ask the Black Panthers.

    Since these movement were taken out, their country has ONLY GOTTEN WORSE, EVEN WORSE then before we have become worse than the assasinations of the past. NOW they will gather us up altogether.



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