An earlier version of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act was killed in the House of Represeitves last April. The act, which would allow the U.S. government and certain technology companies to share Internet traffic information, was killed because of protests by Internet activists and the threat of a presidential veto.
Now, Rolling Stone is reporting that two lawmakers, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers and congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, have reintroduced the bill. They claim it is needed to combat national security concerns.
After recent Chinese hacking attacks on The New York Times and the Washington Post, Ruppersberger says that CISPA is necessary to fight ongoing cyber-security threats. “People ask me all the time, ‘What keeps you up at night?’ And I say, ‘Spicy Mexican food, weapons of mass destruction and cyber attacks,'” he said. “We have a serious problem. We’re trying to fix this problem.”
Rogers says the nation needs to take a stronger stance on cyber-security. “The senior leadership in the intelligence community said that they think we can stop 90 percent of our problems just by sharing classified cyber threat information,” he said.
If passed, the CISPA would null current privacy laws and give the government permission to access tweets, private emails and Facebook messages.
Are you prepared to give up your online rights in the name of national security? How important are Internet privacy laws to you?