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house Bill H.R. 624

Cyber Intelligence Sharing: Keeping America Safe or the Biggest of Brothers?

Argument in favor

Improves cyber security in both the public and private sectors. Fosters better communication between public and private sectors and creates an effective means of dealing with cyber threats.

Jake's Opinion
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02/18/2016
The safety of our country should be number one for everyone.
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Argument opposed

Creates an Orwellian police state where nearly all modes of communication can be legally surveilled. Opens deep privacy concerns around data sharing between the public and private sectors.

deercr0ssing's Opinion
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04/29/2016
Fun fact: pervy NSA workers do have copies of your nudes you've sent over the internet and there are documented cases of them sharing them around.
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What is House Bill H.R. 624?

H.R. 624 would allow — in the event of a cyber attack — for technology/manufacturing companies and the federal government to share Internet traffic information. This exchange of information would be voluntary, as the bill does not require or compel companies to give it up.

For example, if the government detects a cyber attack that might take down a site like Google or Twitter, they could let those companies know. On the other hand, those companies could inform the government if they spot any activity that might suggest a cyber attack on their networks.

The stated aim of this bill is to aid the U.S. in investigating cyber threats and protecting networks against cyber attacks.

Impact

The privacy of anyone who uses the Internet, the government's access to internet traffic information.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 624

$20.00 Million
The CBO estimates that implementing the bill would have a discretionary cost of $20 million between 2014-2018.

More Information

Of Note: 

This bill was originally introduced as H.R. 3523 in November 2011, by Rep. Michael Rogers (MI) and 111 co-sponsors. The legislation passed the House the following April, but was vetoed by the Senate. The House reintroduced the bill in its current form in February 2013.

Many of the bill's supporters argue that CISPA is necessary to safeguard the U.S. against cyber threats. As a press release from Sponsoring Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) noted:

"This bill is a vital first step toward providing better protection for the networks and systems that Americans depend on every day."

Opponents of CISPA argue that the vague wording in the bill gives companies the unrestricted power to hand over private information to the government. One critic noted:

"New provisions were added to the bill. They claimed to “limit” the government’s authority granted in the bill, but all the new items say are that privacy protection can be circumvented for “investigation and prosecution of cybersecurity crime, protection of individuals, and protection of children.” So as long as the government can claim that any of those three issues are at stake, anyone and everyone’s personal information can be delivered directly to them, effectively nullifying privacy on the web."

Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) Press Release

The Hill

Mediaite: The Case For — and Against — Freaking Out About CISPA

Forbes

Digital Trends: The 800+ CISPA Supporters List

Wikipedia

Facebook: A Message About CISPA

Stop CISPA Petition

(Photo Credit: Flickr user PaulSwansen)

AKA

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Popular Title

CISPA bill

Official Title

To provide for the sharing of certain cyber threat intelligence and cyber threat information between the intelligence community and cybersecurity entities, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Select Committee on Intelligence
  • The house Passed April 18th, 2013
    Roll Call Vote 288 Yea / 127 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedFebruary 13th, 2013

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    Fun fact: pervy NSA workers do have copies of your nudes you've sent over the internet and there are documented cases of them sharing them around.
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    Seeing me post about my cat and talk about what to eat for dinner isn't going to strengthen any security and I don't think any person should have to sit and listen/read through all the mindless chatter day-to-day Americans pursue. Tax payer money should go towards something more important.
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    Our "protectors" are taking advantage of the uninformed ignorance most of the public is bound to in regards to cyber security. It is not a simple subject and most do not understand the implications programs like this bill could bring.
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    To a certain extent the government should have access to suspect cyber activity. However, this will no doubt open the doors to the possibility of an Orwellian society in which nothing is kept private.
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    R.I.P. The ACLU if this bill passes
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    It is a complete violation of personal privacy and individual rights.
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    The NSA has dismantled the many internet freedoms that citizens both public and private enjoy. Instead of exposing terrorists they ended up spying on more innocent Americans having casual conversations or shopping on Amazon than catching any real bad guys. Not only is this a wrongful invasion of my own privacy but it has proven to be ineffective in its efforts. I can see the benefits to a program like this but as a free citizen of these United States I do not want to live in what seems like an increasingly Orwellian country where my peers and I live in an overcast of fear for what may or may not be lurking in the dark.
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    All of the gathering of cyber illegible from citizens hasn't made a very big impact at all, it's an abysmal failure. And it costs too much and limits liberty and freedom.
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    The government should not have access to the information
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    Privacy should be a right on personal devices.
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    Creates an Orwellian police state where nearly all modes of communication can be legally surveilled. Opens deep privacy concerns around data sharing between the public and private sectors.
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    The language in this bill is too vague to protect privacy.
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    I value my Freedom. Cut the crap already, America is the biggest terrorist organization on planet Earth. Stop telling us that we must trade our freedom for security! Id rather die a free person then live in North Korea! We are almost there and surely Russians have more freedom than the average American. You might also try Peace instead of War. maybe then the so called terrorists will not have the need to retaliate because we droned their village and killed their Grandma!
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    America needs to drop this terrifying intelligence oversight before it falls into the wrong hands and undermines everything it attempted to create for the security of the nation.
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    CISPA does not take into account the way that the Internet actually works. The fallout of this law is likely toy only hurt users.
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    Anytime the federal government sticks its nose into anything it becomes another big bureaucracy, Leave the internet alone, it has gotten along very well without government intervention
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    A bill will not improve communication between government and private sector. Why is a law required for the government to warn a corporation of a threat? The government's role is to protect us. Why should corporations be required by law to report a threat? Is a business criminal if it does not report something that the government decides later was a threat? It is in a business's interests to report threats.
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    The Internet is the best way to share information freely, and over-regulating it would take away that freedom.
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    This is one step in a self aware police state.
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    We should be passing bills to protect our citizens, not government agency's that fail to do so and infringe upon their rights.
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