Should the president veto CISPA?
nchristine 1 year ago
The new "cybersecurity" bill is up for a vote this week. It essentially gives private companies the right to search your data, including SMS, emails, files stores in the cloud, etc. with the government, without the need for any warrant or judicial oversight. It negates any protections of privacy provided by existing laws such as the Wiretap Act. There is also no requirement that individuals every be notified that their data has been given to any government agency, and it protects the private companies from any sort of legal liability for giving away your data.
There have been critics of the bill, but they ("we" to be perfectly honest) have been dismissed as "a 14-year-old- tweeter in the basement" by Mike Rogers (R-MI), one of the bills cosponsors. To be fair, it does have its supporters, including Facebook and Microsoft. This bill easily passed the House last year, but it got bogged down in the Senate, where a combination of amendments related to abortion and to repeal AHCA aka "Obamacare" ensured that it would never pass.
The president has threatened to veto it this time around. Of course, the fact is that there is a need for security measures, and without a doubt there are many "bad guys" out there using the internet for nefarious purposes. It is a balancing act, obviously. So which way should this go - become the law of the land, or vetoed and sent to the trash heap?
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