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CISPA Resurfacing

Posted 04-17-2013 at 10:55 AM by hydraMax

Bulletin: It's attention is getting eclipsed by gun control legislation,
but we should be aware that CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and
Protection Act) finally emerged from committee in the House, and goes
next to the whole House for consideration. Bill summary:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill...userepublicans

While difficult to oppose in every aspect, it seems dubious to me in its
long term implications, particularly in allowing private companies to
easily use the Fed as a tool for dealing with "cybersecurity crimes". My
particular fear is the idea of companies using the Fed in some kind of
future copyright violation terror campaign.

In any case, there are a few interesting provisions: For example,
private companies that share customer information with the Feds are
protected from liability at the Federal and State level, and all shared
information is protected from disclosure via the freedom of information
act, or any "State, local, or tribal law." Full text:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr624/text
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