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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…