Privacy advocates: The Center for Democracy and Technology, which withdrew its support for the bill Wednesday, said it was “disappointed that CISPA passed the House in such flawed form and under such a flawed process.” While the group was pleased with some of the amendments, which tried to narrow the scope and language of the bill, the group is concerned that CISPA allows information to move “from the private sector directly to the NSA.” They also said that the bill inappropriately allows for data to be applied to national security issues other than cybersecurity.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which advocates for digital rights, said in a late Thursday statement that it will continue to fight the bill in the Senate. “We will not stand idly by as the basic freedoms to read and speak online without the shadow of government surveillance are endangered by such overbroad legislative proposals,” said Rainey Reitman, the EFF’s Activism Director.
The White House: The White House said Wednesday that it would veto the bill, because it would put American’s privacy at risk, The Washington Post reported. In a statement, the administration said that the bill “lacks sufficient limits on the sharing of personally identifiable information” and that there is not “adequate oversight” to make sure data is shared for the right purposes.
How it could affect you: As we’ve noted above, CISPA could be interpreted to allow companies to share any of their customers’ personal data as long as the companies say that the information is related to a “cyber threat.” That includes agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. And while the bill doesn’t require that companies share this data — Facebook, for one, has said that it “has no intention” of sharing personal information with the government — the bill doesn’t require a warrant for the information.
If companies are willing to cooperate with the government, that means that users could have their personal information shared with the government without their permission.
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