Senate Intelligence Committee Approves Dangerous Cybersecurity Bill

from the because-of-course dept

We've written about the Senate's dangerous CIPA bill -- which is Congress' latest (bad) attempt to help increase the NSA-led surveillance state by giving companies blanket immunity if they share private information with the government... all in the name of overhyped "cybersecurity." We, of course, have been through this fight before, with the CISPA bill, which passed in the House a few times, but couldn't get any traction in the Senate. This time around, the (really bad) Senate version passed out of the Senate Intelligence Committee by a 12-3 vote (held in secret, of course). Not surprisingly, two of the three who voted against it are Ron Wyden and Mark Udall.

By now you should know: if Ron Wyden and Mark Udall are against something related to surveillance, you should be against it too (and the opposite is true as well).

The "good" news is that despite the overwhelming support by the NSA's biggest cheerleaders on the rest of the Senate Intelligence Committee, it seems unlikely that the bill will have enough support in the overall Senate. And it will hopefully remain that way. This bill is a dangerous one, that is solely designed to give the NSA and some companies additional legal "cover" for aiding the NSA's surveillance efforts. Thanks to Snowden's revelations, companies are, in general, a lot less willing to do that these days anyway, but giving those companies blanket liability to do so is a bad, bad idea.

And while there's still little to no evidence that the "cybersecurity threat" is anywhere close to as big as what the FUDmongers insist it is, even if that is true, no one has yet explained what laws actually get in the way of having companies share critical cybersecurity information as needed. And, if such laws really do exist, any solution should to just be narrowly focused on fixing those laws, rather than granting broad immunity for sharing just about any info.
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Filed Under: cisa, cispa, cybersecurity, dianne feinstein, mark udall, ron wyden, saxby chambliss, senate, senate intelligence committee

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    Staff doc (profile), 9 Jul 2014 @ 7:26pm

    Cybersecurity bill CISA does have major support from the Chamber of Commerce

    I just read you do not think this bill will pass. If you believe that you are on cloud 9. First of all the only reason the Cyber security bill in 2012 did not pass is because the Chamber Of Commerce and Tom Donahue who heads the chamber did not like the fact that unlike CISPA they would be forced to hand over information. Another problem is the Nevada Senator and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ALWAYS felt Cyber Security is a top priority issue so you can expect this bill S. 2519: National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center Act to come up at the final weeks of July on the Senate Calendar of things to do. Third and this is important: gov.track gives this Senate CISA Cybersecurity bill a 67% chance of approval

    You guys really believe you stopped the 2012 cyber security bill? First of all the bill passed it was just filibustered which means the bill was only temporary stopped BUT IT DUD PASS THE SENATE. this bill does what the House bill and the corporations want which is to be able to give out your information without immunity. The last Cyber Security bill by Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut Democrat had too many privacy amendments. Now the Lieberman is gone, the big girl and NSA loving Senator Feinstein of California ALWAYS WANTED NSA to be cyber head. She now holds the position as the majority Senator on the senate intelligence committee. She is a very good friend of Israel, America's best friend. This bill is a Chamber dream and Senator Reid of Nevada WILL GET THIS BILL VOTED ON BY THE FINAL WEEK OF JANUARY. A new and more Washington friendly internet will come to be and copying and pasting of a New York Times piece under this Cybersecurity bill CISA S.2519 will be considered a Cyber Security threat with plenty of jail time. The old internet will be gone in 2 weeks TIME. Please do not lie to your readers. CISA will pass because it has the blessing of the Chamber of Commerce and Tom Donahue.

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