Tuesday, April 16, 2013

With CISPA cybersecurity bill on deck, Justin Amash reiterates privacy concerns

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash has reiterated his opposition to a cybersecurity bill as the House of Representatives prepares to consider the controversial measure.

Amash, R-Cascade Township, wrote on Facebook he would vote against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, because of overriding privacy concerns.

A message was left seeking comment from a spokesman for Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, though Huizenga indicated earlier this year he was “comfortable” with CISPA.

CISPA, sponsored by Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers of Brighton, is on the House’s docket for Wednesday, according to the official House schedule.

Critics have called the legislation, which seeks to streamline the sharing of data between private corporations targeted by cyberattacks and the federal government, a serious overreach of government power.

On his Facebook, Amash wrote he would oppose CISPA when it is brought to a vote.

“The bill grants corporations and other entities broad immunity to share your personal and confidential data (e.g., e-mails) with the government,” Amash wrote. “CISPA overrides contracts and even federal and state privacy laws.”

CISPA has been likened to two widely unpopular bills considered by Congress during the 2011-12 session: the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA.

Those bills, which sought to curtail Internet piracy and illicit trafficking of intellectual property, died in Congress after a groundswell of online activism from critics who said they threatened innovation and amounted to government censorship.

Full article: http://www.mlive.com … ersecurity_bill.html

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