Facebook Caught Secretly Lobbying For Privacy-Destroying "Cyber-Security" Bill

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Submitted by (new father) Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Before I get into this post, I want to thank everyone for all the congratulations and kind well wishes on the recent birth of our first child. Mom and baby are doing great, and we couldn’t be happier. Now let’s get back to the business of liberty.

There’s a privacy destroying bill moving through Congress called the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, and it’s imperative that the American public stop it in its tracks. Here are a few bullet points on the bill from Fight for the Future:

  • All privacy policies effectively null and void. Companies can share any private user data with the government, without a warrant, as long as the government says it is being used for a “cybersecurity” purpose.
  • In exchange, companies are given blanket immunity from civil and criminal laws, like fraud, money laundering, or illegal wiretapping (if a violation was committed or exposed in the process of sharing data).
  •  Data is shared with a wide array of government agencies, from the FBI and NSA, to the IRS and local law enforcement. Many of these agencies have been breached within the last year and have outdated security systems, opening up the doors to even more cyber attacks.
  • Companies that play along can get otherwise classified intelligence data from the government, including private information about their competitors.

While the Constitution protects Americans from the federal government, private companies don’t care about your 4th Amendment rights, particularly if you waive them in a “terms of service” agreement. CISA would essentially allow the U.S. government to violate the U.S. Constitution by coercing companies to provide them with data on American citizens it would not otherwise be allowed to collect on its own.

Naturally, Washington D.C. is salivating over the prospect of such a bill. As the Hill notes:

But many industry groups, a large bipartisan coalition of lawmakers and the White House believe CISA is a needed first step to help better understand and repel the overseas cyberattacks plaguing both government and the private sector.

Of course, it’s the people who know absolutely nothing about technology, but who are experts in the art of abusing government power and accepting bribes, who are most in favor of CISA.

Meanwhile, many large tech companies have publicly come out against the bill.

In recent weeks, a number of prominent tech companies, such as Apple, reddit, Twitter, Yelp and Wikimedia have all come out against the bill. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), an influential trade group representing Facebook, also expressed concernsabout CISA.

But look which one is missing from the list. The company with the most extensive database of all, and one with a history of egregious privacy abuses: Facebook.

Fight for the Future notes:

Mark Zuckerberg once called Facebook users “dumb f*cks” for trusting him with their data. Now he’s trying to take advantage of us. If CISA passes, all your photos, posts, relationships, and likes will have a path to government databases.

Recall:

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It didn’t make any sense. This bill is toxic. The public hates it and tons of tech companies are against it, but Congress keeps trying to ram it through. Now that we know that Facebook lobbyists are working behind the scenes to get it passed, it makes more sense why Congress keeps coming back to it.

 

Facebook’s chief Senate lobbyist, Myriah Jordan, worked as General Counsel for CISA’s sponsor, Senator Richard Burr, right up until taking the job at Facebook. On her lobbying disclosures she lists “cybersecurity” as one of the issues she’s been discussing with senators. These “revolving door” connections give companies more power and influence than ordinary people could ever have, and it’s part of the reason why companies like Facebook think they can get whatever they want out of Washington.

 

Several offices on the Hill have heard from Facebook that they support CISA. As much as we wish we could reveal our sources, we agreed not to (selective leaking is part of how the lobbying game works, unfortunately). But this information matches with everything we know about Facebook’s love for CISA over the years. They backed the bill loudly before it was unpopular and then stayed silent as other big tech companies came out against it. We’ve asked them to state their position publicly, but they have said nothing. Facebook has backed this from day one, and now they’re the lone tech voice still working to make sure it passes.

 

Facebook wants CISA because they want immunity from privacy lawsuits, but if companies like Apple, Twitter, and Reddit can do the right thing by their users and oppose CISA, Facebook can too.

Now here’s what Edward Snowden had to say about the entire affair:

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Panic Mode's picture

Facebook is for mindless submissive herds.

Pladizow's picture

Wolves dont lose sleep over the opinion of sheep!

NoDebt's picture

Great.  A bill that codifies what the government and large corporations are already doing together anyway.  Very useful.

This bill is NOT about giving the government new powers of observation, inspection and intrusion.  That's the red herring in this.  The bill is really about giving the companies who SUPPLY that data to the government immunity for doing so.

Now, tell me why you think it WON'T pass.  It's a done fucking deal.  Both sides want it, just like "immigration reform".  Sooner or later (probably sooner) they'll have it and that will be that.

 

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

Any person that tries to convince me that Social Media is awesome is a person I have zero respect for.  Basically they are idiots. 

atomicwasted's picture

Says a person posting on an Internet forum, which is social media.  Comprehension and outrage fails.

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

Enjoy your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitterand all the others.  It is probably the only "Social" you ever get. 

Four chan's picture

everything they do and say is a lie of some sort, the sooner we recognise this the better off we will be.

NidStyles's picture

He's a tribe member. Does anyone expect different behavior from him?

Fahque Imuhnutjahb's picture

 

 

The only reason they want us to roll over is so they can rub our belly.

Supernova Born's picture

Facebook Wine Moms disapprove of your lack of participation in their high school level bullshit.

Mr Poopra's picture

For such a "genius", Zuckerberg doesn't realize that Fuckbook can implode just as quickly as it was built, and at the rate they're going, it likely it will.

All it takes is a smarter kid to build a cooler system with respect for privacy and FB will experience the most spectacular demise in corporate history as the worst possible scenario materializes:  it becomes "uncool".  

Easy come, easy go "dumbfuck".  

Fahque Imuhnutjahb's picture

 

 

The Zuck has insinuated his company into the Big Info. Complex thereby garnering governmental backing.  He can simply

lobby for regulations to keep down the next wunderkind; or better yet, buy them out and assimilate borg style.  I could be

wrong, but I figure he will be with us for many moons.  The cho zen don't go down readily, when the hive has their back.

PTR's picture

The only reason they want us to roll over is so they can rub our belly.

 

I thought it was to have easier access to tear our hearts our, ala Mola Ram.

Fahque Imuhnutjahb's picture

SSssshhhh!  You're gonna spoil the surprise!

Billy the Poet's picture

You've got that backwards. ZH commenters are some of the most anti-social folks you'll ever virtually meet.

It's a joke, people, a joke! Don't forget to tweet it to your friends.

General Decline's picture

There's nothing wrong with being anti-social.  Hyper-social people are just out looking for a leader.

unicorn's picture

i like the wiki definition of social:

In the absence of agreement about its meaning, the term "social" is used in many different senses and regarded as a fuzzy concept


Anonymous User's picture

FAIL.

News outlets such as ZH are not Social. Just Media.

Social M is when the people are making "their" news, by posting self crap on the net and waiting for others to give a damn about. Commenting on a news is NOT MEDIA, just feedback.

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

Too funny, you have no idea what the definition of 'social media' even means. 

Newsflash, I do not know a single person on these boards, & I want nothing to do with any of them outside the comment board.  How can you consider this site to be 'social media' website??

pods's picture

True conversation we had last night with the mother of one of my daughter's friends:

Mother:  How do you keep (xxxxxxx) off of Instagram?  

Our answer;  We told her no when she asked if she could sign up.

There are so many repercussions that this always live, 24 hour look at me put my life in public way of living that we don't even know about yet, why the hell would I allow my kid to screw themself before they even start life as an adult?

I hear the stories about kids killing themselves over "cyber bullying" and have to ask, are there any adults who are raising these kids?

Can't wait for the crash, when actual tangible relationships might again form.

Till then, fuck all y'all who think that sharing your lives 24/7 and then bitching how they use their data (when you post, you give it to THEM) will garner some sympathy.

pods

Croesus's picture

@ Pods: 

Logged-in, just so I could upvote you.

"Social Media"? 

Here's an artist who has a comment on that, look at #2: 

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/pawel-kuczynski-illustrations

It's the freakin' truth, too. The people who live a steady diet of selfies, and posting pictures of what they ate for lunch, are pathetic. Self-imposed prisoners, who would do anything to gain social acceptance from others. 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wired-success/201306/do-facebook-an...

While I don't have much faith in pseudo-sciences like Psychology, it doesn't change the fact that the article is right about the deleterious effects of this shit. 

Just more reason to cheer for the collapse. 

 

Thought Processor's picture

Americans flat out deserve this.  For not paying attention to what is really happening to their country and Government.  And certainly for not understanding the value of the principles that their country was founded upon.  They may now be forced to re-learn why those principles were fought for in the first place.

 

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

Ben Franklin

lunaticfringe's picture

Time and time again, Congress and the corporate oligarchy continue to pass bills in direct violation of our 4th and 5th amendment rights, i.e. freedom from unlawful search and seizure and due process.

Do we all have to become constitutional lawyers to protect the Bill of Rights or do we start stretchinhg necks? Either way I'm fine.

unicorn's picture

In exchange, companies are given blanket immunity from civil and criminal laws, like fraud, money laundering, or illegal wiretapping (if a violation was committed or exposed in the process of sharing data).

had to read it twice......... its just disgusting

Sudden Debt's picture

Those guys are already so fucking of the system.

Did you know that when the state arrests a CEO for fraud and says: we hold you here because you commited fraud for 100 million

HE GETS TO GO FREE IF IT'S 101 MILLION BECAUSE THE COPS WHERE WRONG???

In America, they call that procedures. Fair trial and crap like that.

Now you try to steal a 60 cent coke 3 times in a row and see what will happen then.

Consuelo's picture

You pulled a gold-plated rabbit out there, Pladizow -- Bravo sir...!!

madcows's picture

Self adoration...  narcissists... Losers.

atomicwasted's picture

Says someone who is posting on social media, which makes you a self-adoring narcissistic loser too!

Billy the Poet's picture

Hey, I'm a self-adoring narcissistic loser too. Where's my dressing down? Waaaa!

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

Are you Mark fucking Zuckerberg???

 

Squid Viscous's picture

and Sucker-burglar laughing all the way to the bank...

Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

I deleted my account a while back - forever. Take back your online life from these big government leeches who want to make you conform to their template. Why should we? 

NotApplicable's picture

You didn't delete squat, as every bit of info ever entered is still stored by them. You just hid it from yourself and other amatuer stalkers.

Not to mention that facebook makes accounts for every person they encounter in other peoples accounts, whether you want it or not. They can even identify you by your appearance within pictures. They don't even need your face visible any more in order to do it.

Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

Well, I AT LEAST FUCKING TRIED ASSHOLE. 

pods's picture

That is true. 
I signed up and there was a note:

"Welcome Mr. 8 inch."

pods 

Implied Violins's picture

HA! Then there's hope yet that I'll remain invisible!

LoveTruth's picture

Don't put your real name and picture on facebook if you care about privacy.

Money Counterfeiter's picture

Microsoft, Facebook, iPhone, and all the USSA companies are digging their own grave with the move to spyware and getting in bed with the NSA.  Reputations last a long time.

When someone offers spook proof phones and software these assholes will be gone in a computer generation upgrade.

NotApplicable's picture

I don't think you understand how VC funding works. Nobody can compete with the infinitely funded security state.

If somebody does manage to evade control, they will be thrown under the nearest prison.

Immortal Flatulence's picture

I found out it does not matter just if YOU post a pic. ANYONE can post a pic, with you in it, and ID everyone in the pic. I am and forever will be "Faceless", never joining anything like FB. However, my sister posted a pic of friends, which I happened to be in, and ID'd everyone in the pic. I only found out when looking at something on her FB account that she wanted me to see. Even with your own due diligence, you are likely tagged and bagged anyway. Welcome to the digital age, ALL privacy is gone. Just my 2 cents.

Budnacho's picture

Fuck Facebook and Zuckerberg.....

Bill of Rights's picture

Fuckbook, produces nothing but retards, one doesn't have to look very far to see this,

FreeShitter's picture

My whole narcissictic family on my brother's side are fuckbook attention whores....disgusting behavior.

yogibear's picture

Zuckerberg wants total control.

Wall Street will then have unlimited access to the inside of your personal life.

PTR's picture

He's the Rod Blagojevich of the NWO.

If you don't know who that is, read a little into him.  He's the underworld's equivalent of a village idiot.

MFL8240's picture

Mark Zuckerberg once called Facebook users “dumb f*cks” for trusting him with their data.

 

Wrong scumbag!  I dont trust you and would never join your shit site!