CISPA passes in Congress

by Tomas R
The article i read, titled ” House Passes Controversial Cybersecurity measure CISPA,” is about a new bill that was recently passed by the United States Congress, that can allow the federal government the right to information from ISP providers about their consumers when it comes to issues of “National Security.” The bill is supported by many big groups, such as Microsoft, Oracle, Facebook, and AT & T. The bills aim is to protect the United States from security threats, but many feel that it is a grave invasion of our privacy and can allow the government to spy on us and our Internet actions. The bill also grants ISP’s to ability to bypass privacy laws, so that they can detect and remove a security threat. A summary of the bill given by the article is that the bill ” undoes privacy laws that generally forbid ISP’s from disclosing customer communications with anybody else unless with a court order.” The bill still needs to pass through the Senate and the President.

The reason this article relates to class is because this bill can affect all of us that use the Internet and store information. Our information that is stored in a database, or stored online, can be accessed if it is billed a threat to national security. Whether this is a good or bad thing remains to be seen.

This article was important to me because i felt that it relates to the bill that recently failed, SOPA, that threatened our right to free speech on the Internet. Also, this bill, although it seems to be written in good faith to protect the United States from cyber security threats, is ripe for abusing from people. The phrasing in the bill is very vague, giving the impression that “national security” can mean almost anything that slightly resembles it. I think that this bill could be harmful in the long run to the privacy of Americans on the Internet, if it is able to get passed the Senate and the President.

Source: Kravets, David. (26 April 2012). House Passes Controversial Cybersecurity measure CISPA. Retrieved April 29, 2012 from