White House Reiterates Plans To Veto CISPA In Its Current Form; Though For The Wrong Reasons

from the amendments-not-convincing dept

As I'm sure you remember, the House passed CISPA with a few amendments -- some of which may have limited the possible abuses, while at the same time expanding the scope. Right before the bill went up for a vote, the White House stated that it would veto CISPA, if it got to the President's desk. It appears that, even with the amendments, the White House is still not willing to support the bill. White House "Cybersecurity Coordinator" Howard Schmidt appeared on CSPAN reiterating the White House's objections to CISPA, specifically calling out the problematic privacy issues.

That said, the White House is still supporting the Lieberman cybersecurity bill in the Senate, which isn't quite as bad as some of the other proposals, but still has plenty of problems. And, most importantly, still doesn't include any clear explanation for why it's needed. It's bizarre and troubling that no one in the federal government seems willing to provide a real justification for any of these bills others than "oooooh, it's scary out there on the internet!!"

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    rubberpants, 4 May 2012 @ 9:21am


    1. It's an election year and this is a way to be seen "doing something."
    2. "Cybersecurity" contractors are a good source of campaign contributions and cushy post-public jobs for reps and staffers alike.
    3. To try and prevent/prosecute the next Wikileaks or other online data leaks of politically damaging information
    4. Both parties agree on it
    5. It falls under the cynical umbrella of "protecting the children"
    6. It's unlikely to actually fix anything so it will no doubt need to be "shored up" in the future, giving further opportunities to be seen doing something and give/recieve favors.
    7. The public is largely unaware and uninformed on these issues.

    Given the above, some form of this bill passing is as inevitable as a Techdirt troll coming back after proclaiming that they are done with this site forever.

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