Just in time for Halloween, like a cheesy horror movie monster that refuses to die, CISPA is back. If you don’t pay attention CISPA or The Cyber Intelligence Sharing & Protection Act, is being sold as an attempt to protect us from cyber threats. What it really is though is trampling all over the Constitution, particularly the 4th Amendment.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has twice died in Congress, following objections from privacy advocates. Like a resilient zombie, it has risen once again and a new version of the bill — which passed the House in the summer — is getting support from some Senators, bolstered by NSA officials.
The bill, ostensibly aimed at protecting U.S. commerce from cyberattacks, enables companies and government agencies giving to share more cyber information, including the content and personal information attached to emails.
As Mother Jones reported Monday, “NSA director Keith Alexander is publicly asking for the legislation to be re-introduced, and two senators confirmed that they are drafting a new Senate version.”
Senate Intelligence Committee chair and NSA mass surveillance apologist Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is pairing with Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., to put forward a senate version of CISPA, much to the continued concern of privacy advocates.