CISPA Is Dead; Internet 'Privacy' Safe Again (For Now)

Tyler Durden's picture

The controversial cybersecurity bill, known, ever so gently as, the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) - since it's for your own good - that passed the House last week

looks set to be shelved in the Senate according to representatives. The bill would have allowed the federal government to share classified "cyber threat" information with companies, but it also provided provisions that would have allowed companies to share information about specific users with the government. Privacy advocates also worried, rightly so given previous experience, that the National Security Administration would have gotten involved. As US News reports

, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., chairman of the committee, said the passage of CISPA was "important," but said the bill's "privacy protections are insufficient." One of CISPA's staunchest opponents, the ACLU, added, "CISPA is too controversial, it's too expansive, it's just not the same sort of program contemplated by the Senate last year." While this is a short-term victory for everyone who uses the web, the ACLU warns, "we need to be vigilant as the year moves on to make sure that whatever the next product is, it's not CISPA- lite."


Via US News,

CISPA is all but dead, again.


The controversial cybersecurity bill known as the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act, which passed the House of Representatives last week, will almost certainly be shelved by the Senate, according to a representative of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.


The bill would have allowed the federal government to share classified "cyber threat" information with companies, but it also provided provisions that would have allowed companies to share information about specific users with the government. Privacy advocates also worried that the National Security Administration would have gotten involved.




"We're not taking [CISPA] up," the committee representative says.




Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., chairman of the committee, said the passage of CISPA was "important," but said the bill's "privacy protections are insufficient."




"I think it's dead for now," says Michelle Richardson, legislative council with the ACLU. "CISPA is too controversial, it's too expansive, it's just not the same sort of program contemplated by the Senate last year. We're pleased to hear the Senate will probably pick up where it left off last year."




But cybersecurity legislation in the Senate, such as the Cybersecurity and American Cyber Competitiveness Act of 2013, has greater privacy protections than CISPA does. Richardson says that bill makes it clear that companies would have to "pull out sensitive data [about citizens]" before companies send it to the government and also puts the program under "unequivocal civilian control," something CISPA author Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., was unwilling to do.




Richardson says she thinks it'll be at least three months before the Senate takes a vote on any cybersecurity legislation.


"We need to be vigilant as the year moves on to make sure that whatever the next product is, it's not CISPA-lite," she says. "I think this is probably going to take the rest of the year."

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francis_sawyer's picture

We don't need no stinkin' badges...

THX 1178's picture

Non-hierarchical structures FTMFW.

Abraxas's picture

They just need to pass one law and that's that all democratic processes are suspended indefinitely and that the leader (furer) will decide the will of the people. For that, you need a crisis and a scapegoat. Iran will do.

prains's picture

no the scapegoat needs to be homegrown and from within, that way the "fear" gets ratcheted to the level where it needs to be for the sheep to be happy with house to house searches every night

TheTmfreak's picture


I guess if republicans are for it, democrats must  be against it.

McMolotov's picture

Both parties take turns pretending to give a shit about liberty. In the end, it's all as fake as professional wresting.

kralizec's picture

Professional wrestling is fake?!  NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


CH1's picture

I'm glad CISPA failed, but Internet Privacy is DEAD.

Please understand that the Internet is a Surveillance Web.


OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture


My favorite provision in CISPA was where they said if a corporation detected a threat then it was immune from prosection for *hacking* to neutralize the threat. It's over,'s over.

HardAssets's picture

Well the next time they reintroduce it, they want to push for an even stronger bill.

They will replace corporate authorization for hacking with corporation authorization for shooting. (There's gotta be a lot of private contractor money in that game domestically.)

espirit's picture

HeHe, the CONgressCritters don't want to caught up in a trap of their own design.


Scarlett's picture

Don't ask your government for your Privacy, take it back:

If you have any problems installing or using the above software, please contact the projects. They would love to get feedback and help you use their software.

Have no clue what Cryptography is or why you should care? Checkout the Crypto Party Handbook or the EFF's Surveillance Self-Defense Project.

Just want some simple tips? Checkout EFF's Top 12 Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy.

If you liked this comment, feel free to copy/paste it.

RebelDevil's picture

Not exactly. There's something called the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), and its rivals TwoFish and others.
Just because the best encryption algorithims are NSA approved doesn't necessarily mean that they're breakable yet.
It will take many years or shit loads of supercomputing power and time to crack AES, even if the NSA tried.

HardAssets's picture


Little one, let go of 'Dem' vs 'Repub'  it is all an Illusion. A diversion from the Path and the Way.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

In Germany, they called it "The Enabling Act". They are much more straightforward and efficient over there, you know.

centerline's picture

Here, it would just be an executive order.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Maybe, but why not get it rubber stamped? Congress is just about completely rigged, so it's not like anyone has to go out of their way to make it happen. Look how fast they did the Patriot Act-- and that was 10 years ago! Consider how far they've come since then.

oneshotklink's picture

I for one do not believe for one second that they aren't already monitoring the entire net at will (with the exception of those portions of the net that are controlled by people smarter than those on the parasite payroll).  Since when does passing a "law" on a piece of paper limit governmental action?  They just get out another piece of paper and write down a "legal" permission slip granting them the authority to do as they intend.  And sometimes they probably (if not certainly, given the manifest success of multi-decade propaganda campaigns) just do as they intend and we know nothing about it.  Or perhaps both.  After all, even criminals tend to have a code.

At bottom, the founders failed to realize that their extremely noble goal of creating "a nation of laws, not of men" is fundamentally impossible.  All nations will always be nations of men.  Sadly, too few of our men today are both righteous and educated (as distinct from schooled).  Consequently, we continue to wade deeper into our own sewer of legislation, regulation, violent force, and general degradation that we ourselves have clamored for.  Then we complain about the effects, and beg for more of the causes.  We should probably stop looking up at Washington/NY/London, and look around.

willwork4food's picture

+1. The mere fact that the bill (supposedly) failed because of pressure from the ACLU is enough for me. Horse & pony shows are main themes in DC and this is one. Why would they build a multi-$$million dollar fascility in Utah to capture & store data if they didn't have a reason to do so?

They know each and every one of us, our avatars, our birthdays and the type of girls we like to screw. This is not to discourage, but to make aware that when the SHTF, we will have to chose between slavery or disenfrachising (losing your friends, your jobs), poverty and possible death.

They know the you?

YouAreBliss's picture

This bill let's Corporations hack your e-mail.  The Patriot Act (when observed) allows the government to collect everything already...Thanks to the GOP!

El Oregonian's picture

CISPA meant your Bill of Rights would of been CRISPA...

Not that they're almost already are...

kliguy38's picture

Miss Lindsey didn't want his birthday pics out with McGain in his diapers.....

prains's picture

try, try and try again they will until they succeed. Just need a few more "boston bombings" to warm up the sheepies

margaris's picture

It's machine against flesh.

I think most dystopic scifi stories ever written that deal with the war against the machines (matrix, terminator etc) are nothing else than allegories of the fight against this enslavement machine of TPTB.

As you say, they will try, and try, and try, and respawn, and respawn and respawn, SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, like a fucking indestructible zombie or something, until they succeed and you smell boiling frogs everywhere.

Aeternus's picture


CaptainSpaulding's picture


                    RIP my brother

McMolotov's picture

Overheard after a few more "terror" incidents:

"It's for the children. I've got nothing to hide, so they can tap my phones, monitor my email, molest my wife, and give me a cavity search. If it saves just one life, it's worth it."

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

What a bunch of cowering cowards Americans have become. London had >100 IRA bombs in the 1980's and they didn't destroy the country and their rights and their finances trying to root them out.

HardAssets's picture

Well, its up to us to really get in peoples faces about this. Bring it up to those you know and be a pain in the ass about it. This happens because people put their heads in the sand; its happened throughout history.

For the so called 'liberals' call them on all the lies and broken promises of O - - - from getting out of the wars to Gitmo to 'more open government'.  For the conservatives . . . challenge them about US support for Al Qaeda in Syria, the cost of the wars, and the fact that more soldiers now die from suicide than combat (if you want to 'support the troops' - bring them home with sound mind and body to their families).

This goes on because the national symbol has changed from the Eagle to the Ostrich.

wee-weed up's picture

Of course, just because the bill got shelved, doesn't mean the gov't is not ALREADY doing these things to the American people.

CISPA would have just served to make it legal and official.

YouAreBliss's picture

When no one prosecutes these crimes they don't need to have it legal!

Banksters's picture

Ah fascism, it smells like shit.


Jekyll_n_Hyde_Island's picture

Associated Press 1336  04262013

  In what can only be described as a freak transposition of bodily functions, Chairman Bernanke sharted himself earlier this morning. 

  Witnesses say the incident occurred while Mr. Bernanke was consulting the Federal Reserve Ouija Board, attempting to determine the numerical sum of future Icosahedron die rolls.  The die, fondly called “the blackrock” is used during a Dungeons & Dragons/Macroeconomics game played by some of the most powerful men in the world via a Federal Reserve hosted video conference. 

  A White House correspondent described the game as, “a crucial part of our economic policy” and, “a custom tailored, multifaceted tool that quantifies the demands of the Federal Reserve and its global initiatives.”

  When prompted to answer the cause of a grown man sharting, a medical professional on site observed, “the shart was probably a result of Chairman Bernanke’s inability to measure risk with investment.”  He went on to say, “Subsequently, his sphincter was unable to know the difference between a solid and a gas.”


RebelDevil's picture

Glad to see a Rockefeller has commented, and now we know his opinion, which is a fake moderate one.
Fuck you Rockefeller! You, and your family are scum!

Long live the awesomeness of the internet!

redpill's picture

I'm so fucking sick of this pretend shit that we "need" expansive internet regulation.  Go fuck yourselves and keep your filthy fucking fascist hands off the net.



css1971's picture

You don't understand. They need to know every intimate detail of everybody's life. That's why Google tracks everyone and Facebook keeps a profile on everyone.

If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear.

DaveyJones's picture

And then there's the Aaron story: 

I don't do a lot of federal defense but I've done some and these unique "property" charges, with the victim begging the prosecutor not to prosecute, and the insane number of counts and punishment, say it all. I don't give a crap what the prosecutor's husband (an IBM exec) leaked on twitter about "the offer" (in violations of a the rules) which got immediately removed. Once again, they're getting more "blatant."  Out of desperation plus a growing awareness that, sure, there are a lot of idiots out there, but there's a whole other crowd as well. The more they press down the lid, the hotter the steam. 

Dr. Engali's picture

Privacy protection my ass.When the feds are building the world's largest data collection center in Utah they don't give a rat's ass about privacy. What they do care about is making sure the right palms get greased.

ekm's picture

Fully agree. It's all bullshit.

Napolitano responded to a senator last week that the gov can choose which laws to apply...........REPEAT THIS AGAIN...THE GOV CAN CHOOSE WHICH LAWS TO APPLY.


Conclusion: Nobody cares about laws any longer.



Dr. Engali's picture

" Well, when the President does it, that means that it is not illegal."


Richard M. Nixon

RebelDevil's picture

Maybe... I've been hearing talk about how people were asked if they were ok with getting rid of the 6th amendment, and most of the sheeple who cared to take a listen said yes!
And I'm asking, what 6th amendment? - The Bradley Manning case shows they don't give a shit and plain out ignored it.

HD's picture

If you run across a clip of that I'd love to see it.  DHS=KGB

css1971's picture

Privilege. Private law.

RebelDevil's picture

Hence why keeping your data well encrypted is so freaking important!

RebelDevil's picture

Yeah, I know about the data center. Don't be an idiot. AES has never been broken, and will never be broken for a long time.