CISPA

CISPA CyberSecurity Bill Passes the House 288 to 127; Now to head to Senate

The House of Representatives have passed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act on Thursday by a heavy margin of 288 to 127 after two days of intensive debate on whether the threat of “cyberattacks” was grave enough to justify the over-lingering privacy concerns. The bill which was moved  to the House  after a closed-door 18 to 2 vote, received  support from 92 Democrats and will now move to the Senate and then to the president Obama, whose advisers recently threatened a veto of the bill as it overrides the digital privacy of American Citizens. “In the case of Boston they were real bombs, in this case they’re digital bombs. And these digital bombs are on their way.”- said Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), a vehement CISPA supporter to hard-press the need of pass...

“Education is our best weapon. When we educate Congress, we win.” – Christian Dawson, i2Coalition

We’ve had a slew of misguided efforts that threaten independent content creation, suppress free speech and even undermine established intellectual property legislations; all in the name of ‘national security’ and ‘combating online piracy’. Yesterday saw one more of them as the House Intelligence Committee passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) cybersecurity bill in an 18-2 vote behind closed doors. And just like that, all the coordinated efforts by internet giants and individual activists alike voicing their vehement opposition against it went down the drain. Sure, the bill has a long way to go before it becomes a law, but still, the incident indicates that either the representatives are consciously ignoring the public voice and are belligerent on pa...

How New Privacy Laws will Affect Digital Commerce: Legislation of Privacy- (Part 2)

In my last post, I discussed how many of the newer and upcoming laws regarding privacy in the United States can heavily effect your life, from how you buy insurance to which bits of personal information are gathered while you shop online, go to the bank, or talk on the phone. While the first post of this four part series dealt with the effect of these laws on your digital life;  this post, in particular, will focus on the effects of the same on Digital commerce. Much like your social activities, your consumer habits and activities are also subject to privacy violations, especially when they occur online or through a mobile device. The following are laws that seek to address a number of major issues related to consumer privacy rights. Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)Pro...

×
Skip to toolbar