How Cispa Can Affect Your Rights

Cispa - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - had been out of the news for a while now but recently it has reared its ugly head once again. We will take you through the ins and outs of of what the bill would mean for you if implemented as well as its current status.

A Bill for Who? And Why?

Cispa was first proposed back in late 2011 and it was carried in the House of Representatives in mid 2012. Since then however the bill has remained in a state of uncertainty as it was not passed by the U.S. Senate. In February of 2013 the bill was revived and once again was carried in the House of Representatives and currently it is waiting to be heard in the Senate.

Under the terms of Cispa in its current guise, in the event of a Cyber Attack happening, the Act would would promote voluntary sharing of information between the US government and companies. This would pave the way for the US government being afforded the option of taking down popular websites like Twitter and Facebook until the issue is resolved. The Act also puts pressure on big internet companies to inform the government, and possibly even the NSA, of any activity on their sites which may suggest an impending cyber attack. In these cases, sensitive data would be handed over to the government.

The main problem that people have with Cispa is that it uses very vague language that doesn't fully protect peoples privacy rights. Under this language, it is possible that the information that the government could get from these companies could include emails, text conversations, personal contact information and even files stored in cloud servers through applications like Google Drive and Dropbox.

What Next?

Cispa is currenly not going to be voted on by the Senate unless serious alterations are made to protect peoples individual data. A lot of people that have rallied against Cispa will be glad to see that their concerns have been heeded and measures are being put in place to redfraft the bill. This rewrite wil see the focus shift from accessing private information to more concrete cyber security measures.

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