The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Dutch Ruppersberger, stated that he plans to re-introduce CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) along with Mike Rogers, the current Intelligence Chairman this year.
He also said that they have been working with the White House to resolve the issues it had with this act last year, when the White House issued a veto threat against CISPA, the president’s advisors recommending that he should veto the bill if it came to his desk. As Ruppersberger stated:
“We’re working on some things… working with the White House to make sure that hopefully they can be more supportive of our bill than they were the last time”.
In Layman’s terms, CISPA is a bill that makes sharing information about cyberthreats and malicious source code between private companies and with the intelligence community and the Homeland Security Department a breeze. And because of this, it has obviously received support from big names like AT&T and Facebook, because it eases the process of sharing information about cyber threats between the companies and the government.
So why there was such scandal back in 2012’s spring? Because the bill seems to lack sufficient privacy protections for the humble Internet user, making what should have been private information, easily accesible information for the intelligence community(NSA, CIA, FBI, you name it), and even the White House raised these concerns about the privacy protection of the citizens within this bill.
But even after Rogers and Ruppersberger insisted that CISPA was modified meanwhile to address some of the concerns from privacy advocates, the bill was rejected last spring.
This year, the Senate plans to revive its work on the cybersecurity legislation, and last month Rockefeller and a group of Senate DEmocrats said that enacting this legislation would be a priority this year and introduced a resolution which states that cyberattacks are the top-priority threats facing the U.S. at the moment.
So will this bill get through the White House this time and threat yet again our Internet freedom, or this time will really be a good thing, making the share of cyber threats been done with more ease, while keeping the privacy of the normal user? In my opinion, a bill like this always has “collateral damage” and will only make the privacy invasion just less obvious, so I think this time it will pass, if people won’t be aware of this in good time.