All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘CISPA’

Rep. Mike Rogers Is Not Giving Up On CISPA

Back in April, the House once again passed CISPA – a controversial cybersecurity bill that would allow the government to share information with private companies and vice versa. At the time, opponents said it didn’t have enough privacy safeguards to prevent the NSA from nabbing subscriber data, but recent revelations regarding the agency have already shown such actions to be …

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Senate Finally Gets Around To Drafting A Cybersecurity Bill

Earlier this year, the House proved yet again that it doesn’t care about your privacy by passing CISPA. The controversial cybersecurity bill would let the government and private companies easily share information to counter cyber threats. Now the Senate has finally gotten around to drafting its own legislation, but it’s nothing like CISPA. It’s not like it matters though. The …

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Google Has Some Thoughts On What You Can Do To Help Stop Bills Like SOPA

One of the most valuable allies in the fight against SOPA last year was Google. The search giant gave millions of Internet users the tools necessary to contact their representatives to voice their opposition to the bill. Now Google is back giving tips on how developers and users can influence tech policy. During Google I/O 2013, Derek Slater, Jen Pahlka …

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For What It’s Worth, The House Thinks The Government Shouldn’t Control The Internet

Does the government want to regulate the Internet? It really depends on who you ask. Internet freedom fighters say legislation like SOPA and CISPA are thinly veiled attempts to regulate the Internet. The government, however, claims that it’s strictly taking a hands-off approach. The House reaffirmed its hands-off approach in legislation it passed yesterday evening. The bill, H.R. 1580, is …

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White House Finally Responds To CISPA Petition, Says Cybersecurity Legislation Must Respect Privacy

CISPA is all but dead once again, and the Senate is moving ahead with its own cybersecurity legislation. That doesn’t mean the fight is over though. In fact, the Senate might just propose a bill that’s worse, but the White House says that it won’t let that happen. In an official response to the “Stop CISPA” petition on the We …

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CISPA Add-On Banning Employers from Seeking Facebook Passwords Killed

As you probably know, on Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, better known as CISPA. The bill, which aims to help the government react to cybersecurity threats by making it easier to share information between itself and private companies, saw bipartisan support. Opponents of CISPA have argued that the bill is a …

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CISPA Is Kind Of Dead, But Not Really

Last week, a cry rang out from privacy advocates everywhere as the House overwhelmingly passed CISPA. Those same advocates soon gathered up their forces for a fight in the Senate, but it looks like the Senate got to killing CISPA before they could. US News reports that the Senate has decided not to take up CISPA. In short, CISPA is …

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Senate To Take Up Email Privacy Bill Today

UPDATE: And it passed. Last week, Sen. Patrick Leahy said that the Senate Judiciary Committee would be marking up an update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The decades old bill allows law enforcement to obtain emails without a warrant as long as said email is 180 days old. The Hill reports that both the Senate and the House will …

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Technology Subreddit Goes Dark In Protest Of CISPA

Last year, all of Reddit went dark in protest of SOPA. It doesn’t look like the site will be doing it again for CISPA, but one of its more popular subreddits will. The popular technology subreddit, which has almost 3 million readers, has gone dark today in protest of CISPA. It’s not like the subreddit has become unavailable, but rather …

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Anonymous Organizes CISPA Blackout, Not Many Web Sites Show Up

The SOPA blackout protest was something else. Google, Wikipedia, Reddit and other major online players blacked out part or all of their Web sites in opposition to a proposed bill that would have given the U.S. government unchecked power to regulate the Internet as it saw fit. Likewise, CISPA gives the government and corporations the ability to share your private …

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House Passes CISPA, Controversial Cybersecurity Bill Moves To Senate

During a vote in the House today, a majority of representatives voted in favor of passing CISPA for the second year in a row. Now the bill heads to the Senate where it will either live or die. Free Internet advocates and privacy proponents would much prefer the latter. To recap, CISPA is a proposed bill that aims to boost …

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CISPA Amendment Stripped Of Its Pro-Privacy Provision

We reported yesterday that CISPA was finally shaping up. Rep. Mike McCaul introduced an amendment late into the game that would have forced companies to share customers’ private information only with the Department of Homeland Security. It sounded too good to be true. Unfortunately, it was.ci The Hill reports that the amendment we saw yesterday is entirely different from the …

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House Approves Pro-Privacy CISPA Amendment

UPDATE: The amendment no longer contains pro-privacy language. The language requiring companies to share information only with the DHS was removed before being added to the bill. More on that here. Original story continues below: It seemed that CISPA couldn’t get any worse, but its sponsors proved that it could during a rules hearing yesterday. All the of the pro-privacy …

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Rep. Mike Rogers Blocks Pro-Privacy Amendments From Being Added To CISPA

The House will vote on CISPA this week. This vote will decide whether or not the House majority thinks companies should be able to share your private online information with the government while enjoying total legal immunity. The second debate of the bill shows that the bill’s proponents don’t care about your privacy at all. The EFF reports that CISPA …

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White House Threatens To Veto CISPA, Recommends Fixes To Bill’s Language

Last week, the White House said that CISPA still had some problems that weren’t addressed by the amendments added during its markup period. Unfortunately, the administration didn’t issue a veto threat at that time, but now it has. In a statement released by the White House today, the Obama administration laid out its beef with CISPA. The first issue it …

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Civil Liberty Groups Still Don’t Like CISPA, Issue Open Letter To Congress

After a closed door markup, CISPA emerged from the House Intelligence Committee with some new amendments. Rep. Mike Rogers, the author of the bill, said the amendments would address concerns from civil liberty groups. Those same groups could not be in more disagreement as they are still saying that CISPA needs to be changed, or just ditched altogether. The Electronic …

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Senate Judiciary Committee To Debate ECPA Reform This Week

ECPA, or the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, has long been in need of an update. The Senate tried last year, but ran out of time. Now it’s a priority and it will hopefully get the time it deserves this week. The Hill reports that the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to mark-up Sen. Patrick Leahy’s ECPA amendment on Thursday morning. S.607 …

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Obama Administration Says CISPA Still Has Some Issues

On Wednesday, CISPA came closer to reality as it passed the markup phase in the House Intelligence Committee. Now the bill has to make it through the House, then the Senate, and finally the President’s desk. That last one may have just become a little harder, however, as the administration doesn’t necessarily like what it sees in the cybersecurity bill. …

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CISPA Advances: Do You Trust Congress With Your Privacy?

Well, that didn’t take long. The Hill reports that the House Intelligence Committee met in secret Wednesday to mark up CISPA and approve any last amendments before it made its way to the House floor. CISPA was approved on a vote of 18-2. Now CISPA is heading to the House floor, but the question still remains – will CISPA protect …

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Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Calls Up Larry Page To Talk CISPA

Pro-privacy proponents and Internet activists are obviously concerned about CISPA. The bill would allow corporations to share private user data with the government while enjoying complete legal immunity. What’s more concerning, however, is that major Internet companies that deal in private data aren’t saying anything about CISPA. To find out what these companies think, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian attempted to …

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CISPA Is Looking Better, But Privacy Proponents Still Aren’t Satisfied

Rep. Adam Schiff announced on Friday that he would be introducing a pro-privacy amendment to CISPA that would force companies to remove any identifiable information from data it shares with the government. Surprisingly enough, the bill’s authors seem to be taking this amendment, and other pro-privacy amendments, seriously. The Hill reports that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers and ranking …

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Rep. Adam Schiff To Propose Pro-Privacy Amendment To CISPA

This year’s CISPA is just like last year’s CISPA. That has some privacy groups concerned as the bill makes it easier for companies to share private information with the government while granting them immunity. To help address these concerns, one lawmaker will be introducing an amendment to CISPA next week. The Hill reports that Rep. Adam Schiff will be introducing …

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Congress Doesn’t Want You Listening In On The CISPA Debate

It was revealed in mid-February that CISPA would be back. The dreaded cybersecurity bill is now ready to make its way through Congress, but our elected representatives apparently think that the public doesn’t have the right to know what’s going to go into it. The Hill reports that the media and public will not be allowed to watch the House …

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Anti-CISPA White House Petition Crosses 100,000 Signature Threshold

After CISPA returned in February, privacy advocates started a “We The People” petition asking the White House to stand against the controversial legislation. It’s been a month since the petition was created, and advocates are one step closer to a response. The “Stop CISPA” petition on the We The People petition site has crosses the recently instated 100,000 threshold required …

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Experts Say Congress Is Unprepared For A Cyberattack

President Obama introduced an executive order last week that intended to help protect the nation’s infrastructure from cyber attacks. It’s similar to CISPA in that it increases information sharing between government and private corporations, but thankfully lacks the privacy infringing clauses found in the aforementioned bill. Some experts, however, are saying that it’s not enough. Security experts have found that …

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Should You Be Concerned About The Return Of CISPA?

On Wednesday of last week, we heard that the House Intelligence Committee was going to reintroduce CISPA after working with the White House on a revised bill that sufficiently addressed the Obama administration’s concerns. The hope of a reworked, and potentially privacy friendly, CISPA was good while it lasted because the bill’s co-sponsors aren’t going to change a thing. The …

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Obama’s Cybersecurity Executive Order Is No CISPA, Contains Privacy Protections

Near the end of President Obama’s State of the Union address, he addressed the need for cybersecurity reform. He also confirmed the long standing rumor that he would indeed be signing an executive order into law that helps increase information sharing between the government and private corporations. What’s surprising, however, is that it does address many of the privacy concerns …

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White House Will Issue Cybersecurity Executive Order On Wednesday [Rumor]

It’s fairly common knowledge that the Obama administration has been crafting an executive order to address cybersecurity for quite some time now. The only thing we didn’t know was when such an order would be made public, but a new report is pegging the announcement for this week. Speaking to The Hill, sources close to the White House said that …

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House Intelligence Committee Collaborating With Obama Administration On New CISPA

CISPA was one of the more worrisome Internet-related bills of 2012. It threatened the online privacy of just about everyone by allowing corporations to share information with governments in the hopes of sniffing out cyber threats. The House approved bill died while waiting for a vote from the Senate, but it looks like it will be back this year with …

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The Free Internet Survived 2012, But Will It Be That Lucky Next Year?

2012 was a dangerous year for the free Internet. Lawmakers and global stakeholders all took a shot at policing and regulating the Internet over the past year to no avail. That doesn’t mean they’ve given up, and 2013 could prove disastrous if certain parties have their way. To that end, it would be advantageous to look back on all the …

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