The CISPA cybersecurity bill is back, and it passed the US House this morning. Now it will go on to the Senate and possibly the White House. The bill gives the government the authority to collect private computer and internet data without a warrant as a tool to fight cyberattacks and espionage, but most people are rightfully wary of letting the government snoop through our digital lives without warning or a warrant.
Yesterday, before Obama got in front of America to give his annual State of the Union adress, he signed an executive order that allows private companies and the government a higher degree of collaboration on cybersecurity threats. It’s kind of like CISPA, except without all the bullshit and with a promise of privacy and civil liberties protection. We’ll see.
The US legislature is dead and determined to push through some sort of major national cybersecurity bill in some measure. SOPA may have been pushed out by torches and pitchforks, and now there’s CISPA, or the Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which creates an official definition for “cybersecurity threat” that would get the federal government involved.