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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 03:41 PM

 

Iiiiiiit's Back!

"Last year, thanks to a public outcry, the effort to pass overreaching cybersecurity legislation stalled in the Senate. Now supporters have reintroduced the House version of that legislation — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

The “new” version is in fact identical to the original CISPA — and poses the same threat to our digital civil liberties and our freedom to connect online.

Here’s what we had to say about CISPA last April:

CISPA would allow companies and the government to bypass privacy protections and share all sorts of information about what Americans do online. The legislation makes it far easier for authorities and private companies to spy on your email traffic, comb through your mobile texts, filter your online content and even block access to popular websites."
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/02/18-5

Another Orwellian violation of our privacy rights and civil liberties. It looks like they are trying to sneak this one through. Time to contact your reps and raise a ruckus.

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MadHound Feb 2013 OP
ProSense Feb 2013 #1
Moosepoop Feb 2013 #4
Volaris Feb 2013 #2
WillyT Feb 2013 #3
Demo_Chris Feb 2013 #5
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #6
tarheelsunc Feb 2013 #7

Response to MadHound (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 04:11 PM

1. President Obama Shows No CISPA-like Invasion of Privacy Needed to Defend Critical Infrastructure

President Obama Shows No CISPA-like Invasion of Privacy Needed to Defend Critical Infrastructure

By Michelle Richardson

Last night the President signed an executive order (EO) aimed at ramping up the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure. Overwhelmingly, the EO focuses on privacy-neutral coordination between the government and the owners and operators of critical infrastructure (CI)—such as the banking, communication, power, and transportation sectors—which have long been regulated because of their fundamental role in the smooth operation of society. Now that these important entities are all connected to the internet, the administration insists that their cybersecurity be on par with their physical security.

There are two important information sharing advancements in the EO, and this time they are good for privacy. They do not include the many problems of legislation like the Cyber Intelligence and Sharing Protection Act (CISPA) because an executive order by definition cannot take away the privacy protections granted by current statutes. In other words, the EO cannot exempt companies from privacy statutes, or let the government collect new information. It can only act within its existing power to change policies and practices.

Two cheers for cybersecurity programs that can do something besides spy on Americans.

The first information sharing advancement greases the wheels of information from the government to the private sector. Section 4 lights a fire under agencies and directs them to share more information with companies—information they already have and can legally collect under current law. Information flowing in this direction is nowhere as near as problematic as the opposite direction. To the extent that corporate and congressional advocates claim that CISPA is needed for this purpose, the administration beat them to the punch. The EO directs the attorney general, the director of national intelligence and the secretary of homeland security to set up a system to get threat information to critical infrastructure owners and operators. They have four months to pull it together.

The second information sharing provision is a net positive for civil liberties. Section 5 directs the Department of Homeland Security, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) and the Office of Management and Budget to evaluate current interagency information sharing. There is plenty of cyber information floating around the executive branch and across different agencies. There doesn't appear to be any publicly available regulation of how that information is protected for privacy purposes, and it may very well be that it is protected by a mish-mash of originating statutes that treat different types of information with varying protections. By holding the agencies accountable to the Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs)—transparency, choice, minimization and more—we may see a government-wide cybersecurity privacy regime evolve. To get it done right, PCLOB will need to be funded and staffed up, and advocacy will be needed to keep the agencies true to the FIPPs, but the President has now declared them the bellwether for cybersecurity information.

Overall, the EO is a win for privacy and civil liberties. It's a good reminder that while some are focused like a laser on turning our internet records over to the National Security Agency, there are a lot of other things that government can do to advance cybersecurity instead. Now it's up to all of us to make sure Congress follows the President's lead.

http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security-technology-and-liberty/president-obama-shows-no-cispa-invasion-privacy-needed



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Response to ProSense (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 06:39 PM

4. Thanks, ProSense!

Here's the link to the Executive Order (dated 2-12-2013) if anyone would like to read it:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/12/executive-order-improving-critical-infrastructure-cybersecurity

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 06:04 PM

2. what aggravates me about this is the idea that

companies have the same inherent "right" to do these things as Governments (which should be NOT AT ALL, warrents notwithstanding)

To allow private corporations the same latitudes of power as ANY Government, is asinine. Shadowrun, here we come.

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 06:05 PM

3. Did You Catch This ???

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:30 PM

5. kick!

 

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:35 PM

6. The Government and US corporations have been doing this....

....for a very long time. They want CISPA passed to give them legal cover for everything they already do.

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:37 PM

7. So, Congress is going to try to backdoor this in

while everyone is complaining about drone strikes on terrorists?

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