Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is a controversial bill that would allow intelligence agencies to collect personal data about Americans from private companies. Currently, it doesn’t contain any provisions pertaining to cybercrimes which means it cannot be passed yet since it compromises internet privacy. The White House threatened to veto the CISPA bill since it contains major privacy loopholes.
The following is the statement released by the Obama Administration regarding the decision to veto the CISPA bill:
The Administration, however, remains concerned that the bill does not require private entities to take reasonable steps to remove irrelevant personal information when sending cybersecurity data to the government or other private sector entities. Citizens have a right to know that corporations will be held accountable -- and not granted immunity -- for failing to safeguard personal information adequately... .
The Administration supports incentivizing industry to share appropriate cybersecurity information by providing the private sector with targeted liability protections. However, the Administration is concerned about the broad scope of liability limitations in H.R. 624. Specifically, even if there is no clear intent to do harm, the law should not immunize a failure to take reasonable measures, such as the sharing of information, to prevent harm when and if the entity knows that such inaction will cause damage or otherwise injure or endanger other entities or individuals.
Moreover, CISPA sponsor, Mike Rogers, caused a stir in the social media when he said something really absurd regarding the opponents of the controversial data-sharing bill. He said that the only opposition is “14-year-olds in their basement.” You can watch him making the statement in the video below:
This of course sparked a Twitter backlash and thousands of people tweeted to Rogers that they were not 14, not in their basements and still opposed CISPA:
@repmikerogers 39 years, tech pro, PhD candidate, no basement, fully against CISPA. Stop being a corporate tool :-)!— Sven Hartmeier (@shartmei) April 17, 2013
@repmikerogers 20 years old, web developer, lives in an apartment, opposes CISPA.— Rob Stemen (@RobStemen) April 17, 2013
So are you also going to tell Rogers that you’re not a 14-year-old and still oppose the bill? Tell us in the comments section.