Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI 3rd District) has increased his public critique of Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act in the last few days after an amendment that would have added more privacy protections to the bill were rejected in the House Rules Committee this week.
One of Amash's proposed changes to CISPA would have barred companies "through enforceable contract that it will not share personally identifiable information with the federal government." Another amendment would have removed language from an amendment he tacked onto the bill in 2012.
Amash, who celebrates his 33rd birthday today, took to Twitter yesterday to rail against the current state of the bill and to warn everyone that the bill is a jagged little pill that all Americans will soon be forced to swallow:
#CISPA is the latest (& a rather egregious) example of big government & big corporations teaming up to take advantage of ordinary Americans.— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) April 17, 2013
#CISPA destroys freedom of contract, PROHIBITS companies from making legally binding commitment to users not to share personal data/e-mails.— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) April 17, 2013
Amash spokesman Will Adams said that Amash was "disappointed" that the rejected amendment won't be brought to a vote in the full House, calling it "probably the broader and the more important of the two amendments that we offered" because it would have forced companies that have user agreements or similar contracts with customers to honor them.
"If CISPA becomes law, no other prior federal (or) state law or private contract is enforceable with respect to companies sharing this consumer information with the public," Adams argued. "That's why it's so dangerous. It's basically a bulldozer of all privacy law and even contract."
The bill also includes a second amendment authored by Amash last year that exempts documents like library records, tax returns and more from use under CISPA. Adams said that Amash might have supported the bill if his amendments were allowed.
"Since many of the important privacy amendments aren't going to be given a vote, Congressman Amash will oppose CISPA," Adams added.
While CISPA is likely to pass in the House later today or later this month, it still has to be signed into law by the President, who has promised to veto it in its current state. Plus, the Senate is working on its own bill, which still has to be passed and after that happens the two bills will have to go through the contentious reconciliation process. The likelihood of the bill being signed into law given the many hurdles it still has to jump is still a farfetched proposition...
Source: Michigan Live