House Passes CISPA Internet Security Bill With Majority PA Support
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, a bill “meant to let Internet companies share information with the government for cybersecurity purposes,” according to NBC News, who also note,
The bill would facilitate sharing that data, but many believe it throws privacy protections out the window in the process. Critics say it amounts to the government deputizing private companies to do their surveillance for them …
Many companies, from IBM to Verizon, do back CISPA, as does Comcast, the parent company of NBCUniversal, which NBC News. Prominent Internet companies Google and Facebook have not registered their support. Outspoken Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has been especially vocal in his opposition.
Under CISPA, private networks like AT&T and Facebook would be able to share user data with the federal government without sufficient privacy protections, according to the bill’s opponents. It enables the NSA to avail itself of security information and private data about individuals using the networks if the government deems users to be a threat.
It’s been additionally noted by media outlets that a last-minute alteration to the bill which would have prevented employers from demanding potential employers’ social media passwords was voted down. Which means, if it passes, handing out passwords could soon become a requirement for job applications in the U.S.
Similar bills in the U.S. House and Senate—SOPA and PIPA—were protested against last year by large Internet voices, like Wikipedia and Reddit. Both companies blacked out their titles as a show of protest.
This year’s bill passed by a resounding 288-127 with 17 not voting. Those 288 included 196 Republicans and 92 Democrats. If you’re wondering where your U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania came down on this, look no further.
Reps. Bob Brady (D-Phila), Chaka Fattah (D-Phila), Mike Doyle (D-Allegheny) and Matt Cartwright (D-Schuylkill).
Reps. Allyson Schwartz (D-Phila/Mont), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), Meehan (R-Del), Mike Kelly (R-Butler), Glenn Thompson (R-Cameron, others), Jim Gerlach (R-Berks), Bill Schuster (R-Fayette), Lou Barletta (R-Hazelton), Charlie Dent (R-Dauphin), Joe Pitts (R-Lancaster) and Keith Rothfus (R-Greene).
The most notable change from last year’s bills is that Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who is running for governor in 2014, switched her vote from “nay” to “yay.”
The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate where it is not expected to pass. But if it does, President Obama is expected to veto the bill. He released a statement a week ago, saying, “Citizens have a right to know that corporations will be held accountable — and not granted immunity — for failing to safeguard personal information adequately.”
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