See by partisanship isn’t dead.
Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Maryland in a misguided attempted to protect the Internet (or the big media companies) co-sponsored the CISPA bill that passed the house yesterday. CISPA if you remember, is the new SOPA.
The bill will allow service providers to share all your information other ISPs and government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security. Under this bill an ISP will need a court order and will not shield any of its customers info, if it believes that are involved in cyber attacks, phishing sites, etc.
This measure will remove all privacy laws. On top of that it provides anti-trust protection to ISPs over privacy concerns. The measure invokes the “National Security” catch phrase to give it its broad reaching powers. The bill now moves on to the Senate for a vote.
The bill has been opposed by several groups including American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Let’s hope like many bills this one dies on the Senate floor. To the President’s credit he has vowed to veto this bill should it appear on his desk.
Now is the time to speak up and stop this bill.