Friday, April 26, 2013

Left Side of the Aisle #105 - Part 1

Update 1: CISPA passes the House

Updated We're going to start this week with some Updates. First, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, has now passed the House. Forty-two Democrats supported it.

I have mentioned this bill and its serious implications for online privacy. Amendments to address privacy and civil liberties concerns were either defeated or blocked from coming to a vote.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where essentially the same bill died last year - which is to be hoped because despite his threats to do so, there are considerable doubts that President Obama would actually veto this bill. Obama has made similar promises before, which he broke when the time came. So let's hope the Senate does the right thing.

Updated with the info that staffers with the Senate Commerce and Intelligence Committees say that the Senate is not going to take up CISPA and that Committee leaders are drafting their own version of an intelligence-sharing bill. Watch this space.


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