Apr 27, 2012

What are you doing about the CIPSA vote?

There was a question here about CIPSA a week or two ago, but I haven't heard that much buzz about it. Still, I was following the story, and I both wrote and telephoned my Congressman to express my opposition. In light of his vote in favor of granting immunity to phone companies that violated the law if President Bush asked them to, I had my doubts that he would care much about individual privacy. Sure enough, I checked to see who had voted in favor, and there was "Joe Donnelly - yea" on the roll call. So I sent a copy of receipts from my previous donations to his campaigns, took a screen shot of my donation this morning to his presumptive opponent from the other party in this fall's US Senate race and demanded that I be removed from all mailing and fundraising lists.

The thing is, they didn't just pass CIPSA, they broadened it before it passed. CIPSA was amended to allow information to be shared without warrant in instances including INVESTIGATION (meaning it "could" be happening) of cybersecurity crime, protection of children (how many times do you hear "It's for the children" to justify some deploable action), and protection of individuals (what did he say about Mr. X...let's investigate!). Oh, and also anything that falls under the CFAA. Add those together and you could come up with a justification for looking at anyone's information any time you want. Remember, it doesn't have to be a valid justification, just a reason. And once they get it, they are free to share it as they see fit. Goodbye, 4th Amendment. For a detailed analysis, check on this techdirt article: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120426/14505718671/insanity-cispa-jus...

I'm I all alone here, shouting into the wind? Are other people concerned about this happening, right after we pushed back against SOPA? Most importantly, what, if anything are people going to do about this?



It sounds like you made your displeasure known.  Good for you.  Maybe if more people did, things like this wouldn't get passed.  But then again, now that the Supreme Court has determined that corporations are people and money is speech, it can be a tough battle for those of us people who are actual humans to make ourselves heard.    


I think it may take something very simple to boil it down where people are outraged enough to act.  Perhaps the provision of CIPSA that allows companies to share information with any other entity, including the federal government will do it.  The good new is that no companion bill has passed in the Senate, and President Obama has threatened to veto CIPSA if it makes it to his desk.  


The best thing to do is to contact your legislators and express your thoughts about this. Here's an easy way to find their contact information:


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