CISPA – are tech giants backing off nervously? - Ireland’s CIO and strategy news and reports service. The CISPA internet surveillance bill in the US – which looked like it had the unanimous support of tech giants like Facebook and Microsoft – appears to be losing support or causing rifts in the industry.
Mozilla has become the first tech company to speak out against the legislation. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) was cleared last week in the US House of Representatives, 248 to 168. According to Forbes, Mozilla issued the following statement: “While we wholeheartedly support a more secure internet, CISPA has a broad and alarming reach that goes far beyond internet security.
“The bill infringes on our privacy, includes vague definitions of cybersecurity, and grants immunities to companies and government that are too broad around information misuse. We hope the Senate takes the time to fully and openly consider these issues with stakeholder input before moving forward with this legislation,” Mozilla said. Mozilla Speaks Out Against CISPA. While many tech companies have thrown their support towards CISPA, Mozilla has taken the road less traveled, at least by the tech industry, blasting CISPA for having too much reach and being a direct threat to individual privacy.
Considering Mozilla was just as outspoken against SOPA/PIPA, perhaps there position shouldn’t be surprising. But then again, when you consider the support CISPA has received from the telecommunications industry, it appears as if Mozilla is the outlier here. Aside from Facebook’s support–hey anti-CISPA folks, where’s the Facebook mass exodus? –other CISPA supporters from the tech industry reads like a who’s who of industry giants. These include Apple, Microsoft, Intel, and Dell, just to name a few. Mozilla Criticizes CISPA for Having Broad, Alarming Reach. Mozilla has publicly decried the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a controversial cybersecurity bill recently approved by the House of Representatives that is now being considered in the Senate.
In a statement to Forbes, the head of Mozilla's Privacy and Public Policy Department said: "While we wholeheartedly support a more secure Internet, CISPA has a broad and alarming reach that goes far beyond Internet security. The bill infringes on our privacy, includes vague definitions of cybersecurity, and grants immunities to companies and government that are too broad around information misuse. We hope the Senate takes the time to fully and openly consider these issues with stakeholder input before moving forward with this legislation. " Mozilla Slams CISPA, Breaking Silicon Valley's Silence On Cybersecurity Bill. Anonymous taking the battle against CISPA to the streets (video) Anonymous has been battling against CISPA for some time - now they are starting "Operation Defense.
Phase II" calling on people to take to the streets against the invasive legislation. The group has now admitted that distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) are not as effective as they were last year. They state that a number of major web sites have now upgraded their servers to manage the attacks. Now they are telling people to take to the streets against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. They are calling on Americans to protest outside the local offices of companies that support the draconian bill which was adopted by the House on Thursday. Read more... Anonymous then provides details of the times and places of the protests, the first of which will be at AT&T local offices between May 1 and May 5.
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Anti-CISPA Petition On Avaaz.org Approaches 800,000 Signatures. An online petition to stop the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has reached nearly 800,000 signatures.
The petition, launched on April 5 on Avaaz.org, an online platform for civic organization, describes CISPA as a bill "that would give private companies and the U.S. government the right to spy on any of us at any time for as long as they want without a warrant" and calls on members of congress "to show true global leadership and do all you can to protect our Internet freedom. " Supporters of CISPA say that the bill is intended to help prevent cyber attacks by allowing companies and the government to share information about potential security threats. But, as The Huffington Post's Gerry Smith explains, many are concerned by the potential implications of the bill:
» CISPA Amendment Allows DHS to Intercept Tax Returns Alex Jones. Perennial big government advocate Sheila Jackson Lee strikes again Paul Joseph Watson Infowars.com Wednesday, April 25, 2012 An amendment introduced to the controversial CISPA bill by perennial big government advocate Rep.
Sheila Jackson Lee would empower the Department of Homeland Security to intercept online IRS tax returns and any other Internet traffic deemed to transit networks owned by the federal government or operated on its behalf. “Jackson Lee’s amendment (PDF) is broad enough to sweep in government contractors and university networks such as Internet2 and CENIC, said a telecommunications attorney who did not want to be identified because of client sensitivity.
It also appears to cover open Wi-Fi networks run by federal agencies and networks in government-provided housing,” reports CNet’s Declan McCullagh. Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. This article was posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 6:29 am. Stupid Politics As Usual To Drive The CISPA Narrative. White House threatens to veto House's CISPA cybersecurity bill. The White House threatened to veto a controversial House cybersecurity bill on Wednesday, saying the measure would fail to protect critical infrastructure systems and would undermine Internet privacy.
The House is expected to approve the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) on Friday. "Legislation should address core critical infrastructure vulnerabilities without sacrificing the fundamental values of privacy and civil liberties for our citizens, especially at a time our Nation is facing challenges to our economic well-being and national security," the White House said. The goal of CISPA is to help companies beef up their defenses against hackers who steal business secrets, rob customers' financial information and wreak havoc on computer systems.
The bill would tear down legal barriers that discourage companies from sharing information about cyber threats. The administration said it supports increasing information-sharing but that CISPA lacks adequate privacy protections. Advocacy group flip-flops twice over CISPA surveillance bill. News analysis Politicians behind a surveillance bill that would let Internet companies open their networks to the U.S. government briefly found a new friend this week: a non-profit group known for its privacy advocacy.
Until yesterday, opposition to the CISPA legislation appeared to be growing , with Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and House Democrats raising new concerns. A petition opposing the bill, also known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, had garnered nearly 800,000 signatures. Then the Center for Democracy and Technology, a well-known advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., defected from the expanding anti-CISPA coalition. In a statement yesterday, CDT announced that "we will not oppose" the bill going to the floor for a vote. CDT's timing could not have been more auspicious for the backers of the controversial cybersecurity bill, who have been trying to solidify support before a House floor debate that begins tomorrow. And so, around 6 p.m. White House threatens veto of CISPA cyber security bill. News April 25, 2012 07:34 PM ET Computerworld - The White House today threatened a veto of the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) if the bill reaches President Obama's desk in its present form.
In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, the Executive Office of the President expressed concern over the lack of privacy safeguards in the CISPA bill and said it "strongly opposes" H.R. 3523 as written. "H.R. 3523 effectively treats domestic cybersecurity as an intelligence activity and thus, significantly departs from longstanding efforts to treat the Internet and cyberspace as civilian spheres," the statement read. CISPA: A guide to the 'Big Brother' cyber security bill. Obama “Can’t Wait” To Sign CISPA Into Law. President Barack Obama simply “can’t wait” to bypass Congress and use executive privilege to advance his political agenda, but even though his administration has expressed its opposition to the draconian CISPA bill, don’t hold your breath for a veto.
Earlier this week the New York Times reported on how Obama had personally invented the slogan “We Can’t Wait” to characterize his intention to “aggressively use executive power to govern in the face of Congressional obstructionism.” However, Obama ‘s penchant for defying Congress seems to lose its steam when there’s a bill to be passed that will strip Americans of what’s left of their fourth amendment rights. » Obama Opposes CISPA, But Will Sign It Anyway Alex Jones. Get ready for another NDAA-style bait and switch Paul Joseph Watson Infowars.com Wednesday, April 25, 2012 President Barack Obama simply “can’t wait” to bypass Congress and use executive privilege to advance his political agenda, but even though his administration has expressed its opposition to the draconian CISPA bill, don’t hold your breath for a veto.
Earlier this week the New York Times reported on how Obama had personally invented the slogan “We Can’t Wait” to characterize his intention to “aggressively use executive power to govern in the face of Congressional obstructionism.” However, Obama ‘s penchant for defying Congress seems to lose its steam when there’s a bill to be passed that will strip Americans of what’s left of their fourth amendment rights.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) orders ISPs to share Internet data of users with government “notwithstanding any other provision of law.” Congress Considering CISPA Amendments. CISPA Authors Confident Bill Will Pass Despite Rising Opposition. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich), author of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, better known as CISPA, is confident the bill has enough support in the House to pass when it comes up for a vote Friday. Rising opposition from privacy groups and concerned Internet users has not shaken his belief.
"This isn't about scrambling for votes, we're well passed that," Rep. Rogers (R-Mich.) said on a media conference call Tuesday afternoon. Proposed Amendments to #CISPA Don't Protect Privacy. Yesterday, the House Intelligence Committee released proposed changes to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011, also known as CISPA that, according to its sponsors, represent "huge progress" towards addressing the privacy and internet freedom community's concerns.
But, many privacy advocates, including the ACLU, and groups including the Center for Democracy and Technology, Free Press, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Constitution Project still maintain their opposition. The changes are so underwhelming that even the Obama administration issued a statement yesterday that their privacy concerns persist. Here are some of the main problems with CISPA: 1. Obama sides with privacy advocates, threatens CISPA veto.
This is a bit of an eye-opener: the Obama administration threatened Wednesday to veto HR 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, because of concerns about the bill's impact on privacy. Sponsored by the top Republican and Democrat on the House Intelligence committee, CISPA would let federal agents share classified information about hackers with Internet service providers, utilities and online networks. More controversially, it would also encourage online services to share information about cyber threats with the federal government. What is CISPA And Why Would The President Veto It? Why CISPA Can't be Fixed. Obama threatens to veto CISPA cybersecurity bill, citing privacy concerns. On Wednesday, two days before the expected House vote, the Obama administration expressed its concerns. The bill, it said in a statement, “fails to provide authorities to ensure that the nation’s core critical infrastructure is protected while repealing important provisions” of privacy law.
House Poised to Debate CISPA: Where Are We Now? The House of Representatives is expected to begin debate on cyber-security legislation today, despite claims from privacy groups and technology experts that there are serious problems with the bill. Introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) in November, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) defines a new framework that would allow companies and governments to share information collected online with one another in order to fight cyber-attacks. Obama May Back Down From CISPA Veto. The House of Representatives is expected to begin debate on a controversial piece of cyber-security legislation today. House approves cybersecurity bill over Obama veto threat - The Hill's Floor Action. Urge Your Representative to Oppose HR 3523, the "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011" (CISPA). Services. House Passes CISPA: Make Sure It Dies In The Senate.
House Passes CISPA: Make Sure It Dies In The Senate. Insanity: CISPA Just Got Way Worse, And Then Passed On Rushed Vote. Update: Several people have asserted that Quayle's amendment actually made CISPA better, not worse. I've now posted my thoughts on that. U.S. House passes controversial CISPA Internet security bill. Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives passed the CISPA cybersecurity bill today, despite protests by civil liberties groups who point out that it puts Americans' online privacy at risk. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which encourages Internet companies to voluntarily provide private customer data to the U.S. Government, was approved by the Republican-led House by a vote of 248-168. CISPA Passes House In Unexpected Last-Minute Vote. The House of Representatives has approved Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act with a vote count of 248-168.
Obama Threatens To Veto CISPA: Encourage Him To Stand Strong. Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (4/20/2012) A Null Byte Call to Arms: Join the Fight Against Ignorance - Business Insider. The Ghost of SOPA Has Congress Spooked. Facts on #CISPA. CISPAcat: using memes to fight America's terrible, net-breaking "cybersecurity" bill. Rights Groups Promote 'Stop Cyber Spying' Week. CISPA vote coming next week: How to fight back now. Spreading CISPA Awareness (Similar to SOPA, But Worse), Anonymous Initiates Tweet Bomb. Cispa will give US unprecedented access, internet privacy advocates warn. A divided Congress confronts a rising cyberthreat - Technology & science - Security. Why Is It Necessary For The Federal Government To Turn The United States Into A Prison Camp? South Asia Mail. The Racial Reality That Makes Online Security Bills So Scary.
House gears up for 'cyber week,' but security bill’s fate rests with Senate. CISPA Is Up For Vote This Week: Help Kill It Now. Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protect Act (CISPA) CISPA- the new SOPA. CISPA is Terrible for Transparency. Stop the online spying bill. Big Brother’s latest surveillance plan: Planting Spyware On Your Systems. CISPA gets a rewrite but still threatens Americans' privacy. Tell Congress: No Cyber Spying! No CISPA! Facebook supports Cispa cyber-security bill. CISPA sponsors narrow bill. Facebook Supports CISPA Monitoring Bill. Facebook Doesn't Have to Trample On Our Privacy Rights in the Name of Cybersecurity. CISPA: Just the Facts CIO.com. CISPA Is The New SOPA: Help Kill It. Tech Law: Sizing Up CISPA's Security Bona Fides. CISPA: Facebook Explains Support For Controversial Cybersecurity Bill.
Daily Kos Action. It's More Like the Patriot Act than SOPA. Cybersecurity Bill's Authors Will Add Amendments To Address Privacy Concerns. Opposes CISPA on Hackers and Founders Panel. Stop CISPA and Protect Our Internet – Cheezburger Company Blog. Act now: House to vote on CISPA Thursday. Bouchat: New bill would introduce Big Brother to the Internet. Need proof that CISPA stinks? Open your history books.
Google acknowledges lobbying on cybersecurity bill CISPA. It's 'Cyber Week' in Congress as CISPA and Other Bills up for a Vote. Democrat plans privacy amendment to cybersecurity bill. CISPA Would Allow Cyber Monitoring And Sharing Between Internet Companies, Government. Security Experts, Internet Engineers Urge Lawmakers to Drop CISPA. Are All CISPA Supporters What They Appear to Be? CISPA schedule: Debate begins Thursday, vote by Friday afternoon. Cispa cybersecurity bill opposed by Obama administration.
Congress Votes On CISPA This Week: Tell Your Lawmakers To Oppose It. Are You Worried CISPA Could Be Another SOPA? [POLL] CISPA Is The New SOPA: Help Kill It. A Terrifying Look Into The NSA's Ability To Capture And Analyze Pretty Much Every Communication. Co-sponsors Top 100 for the Rogers-Ruppersberger Bipartisan Cyber Bill. Senators Ramp Up Fear Mongering To Try To Rush Through Cybersecurity Bill. Forget SOPA, You Should Be Worried About This Cybersecurity Bill. Don’t Let Congress Use "Cybersecurity" Fears to Trample on Civil Liberties. Slow Down, Homeland Security: Does Everyone Really Agree That We Need Cybersecurity Legislation Now?
Warrantless Wiretapping stories at Techdirt. R. 3523: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011. CISPA Is A Really Bad Bill, And Here's Why. After killing SOPA, Internet activists take aim at a new House cybersecurity bill. Vietnam: Draft Decree Would End Online Anonymity, Force Foreign Internet Firms To Censor. Activists plan week of protests against new House cybersecurity legislation.