CISPA encourages Internet companies to share your private data with the feds
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which encourages Internet companies to share your private data with the government under the guise of “cybersecurity,” was reintroduced to Congress by Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.)
A leaked draft of the bill, which isn’t publicly available yet on Congress.gov, is practically a carbon copy of its 2013 incarnation and is exactly what President Obama wants in a proposal he made Tuesday.
“It is written so broadly that it allows companies to hand over large swaths of personal information to the government with no judicial oversight—effectively creating a ‘cybersecurity’ loophole in all existing privacy laws,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation stated.
But why would companies want to do this? Because under CISPA, they’ll have legal immunity – both civil and criminal – for sharing your data, so there’s no incentive for them to strip out any of your personal details they send to the government.
And it’s not just your personal details the feds could get – they could also grab whatever files you may have stored in an on-line cloud.
On top of all of this, key provisions of CISPA were written “notwithstanding any other law,” meaning CISPA supersedes existing privacy laws all while granting companies the aforementioned legal immunity for sharing your data.
Written by Kit Daniels
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