Eighteen Democrats Send Letter to CISPA Sponsors Expressing Concern

April 24, 2012 -

We are not ready to say that the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is in trouble, but around 18 lawmakers are concerned enough about its loose language and its ability to pass private information around like a pack of smokes in prison that they have written the bill's sponsors a letter.

Penned by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and signed by 17 other Democratic house members, the letter asks sponsors Rep. Mike J. Rogers (R-Mich.) and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md) to address "real and serious" privacy concerns about the proposed legislation.

Thompson, who is a ranking minority member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and his group pointed out that the "broadness and ambiguous language" in CISPA could cause problems.

"Without specific limitations, CISPA would for the first time, grant non-civilian federal agencies, such as the National Security Agency, unfettered access to information about Americans' Internet activities and allow those agencies to use that information for virtually any purpose," the letter noted.

The legislators also said that CISPA lacked "necessary safeguards" in the bill. "Information sharing cannot come at the expense of the constitutional rights of our constituents," the letter said.

Last week the duo said that they planned to make amendments to the bill to address privacy concerns prior to voting on the bill.

Source: Computer World


 
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