Even though CISPA is styled as a ‘cybersecurity’ bill, it explicitly allows the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA) to use your information for ‘national security’ purposes–expanding the bill far beyond its purported goal. – CISPA, “National Security,” and the NSA’s Ability to Read Your Emails
House Republicans have decided that the Fourth Amendment is only a suggestion, though this is just a continuation of what Republicans and Democrats are doing in the name of “national security.”
CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, was passed by the House this week. It removes privacy firewalls for average citizens so that companies can share private data they retrieve with military agencies tasked with national security.
“The administration wants the U.S. government to have less access to information not an unlimited amount as the House Republican leadership and backers of [the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act] propose,” the official said in an emailed statement. – The Hill
This is a joke, though it’s certainly not funny. Pres. Obama has threatened a veto.
It follows Attorney General Eric Holder’s move in March that gives the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) new guidelines that, among other things, allows private data to be stored for longer periods of time, even if a citizen is not involved in any crime whatsoever.
…relaxing restrictions on how long data on Americans who have no known tie to terrorism may be stored. The old guidelines said data on innocent Americans must be deleted promptly, which the agency interpreted to mean if no tie to terrorism was detected within 180 days.
The new guidelines are intended to allow the center to hold on to information about Americans for up to five years, although the agencies that collected the information – and can negotiate about how it will be used – may place a shorter life span on it.
Privacy in the first decade of the 21st century, now moving into our second, has quickly become a quaint notion.