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CISPA is all but dead, again.:

ACLU: CISPA Is Dead (For Now)

The Senate will not take up the controversial cybersecurity bill, is drafting separate legislation.

CISPA is all but dead, again.

The controversial cybersecurity bill known as the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act, which passed the House of Representatives last week, will almost certainly be shelved by the Senate, according to a representative of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation...

"We're not taking [CISPA] up," the committee representative says. "Staff and senators are divvying up the issues and the key provisions everyone agrees would need to be handled if we're going to strengthen cybersecurity. They'll be drafting separate bills."

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., chairman of the committee, said the passage of CISPA was "important," but said the bill's "privacy protections are insufficient."

There's always the danger that they'll try to sneak in privacy-killing provisions into those "separate bills" or even some rider attached to a bill naming a Post Office, but for the moment it looks like the ACLU and the EFF can take a breather.
Richardson says she thinks it'll be at least three months before the Senate takes a vote on any cybersecurity legislation.
Which doesn't mean the IRS isn't still reading our emails. And the NSA isn't still monitoring our diaries (Hi!).  Or is it the NSA reading our emails while the CIA scans our text messages? However it goes, it sure seems like someone wants the government to be reading our emails.
According to the EFF, "CISPA is written broadly enough to permit your communications service providers to share your emails and text messages with the government, or your cloud storage company could share your stored files."
I kind of pity them, in a way. After all, just how many billion appeals for money per day can even an agency of the government scan through without going stark, raving Scrooge?

Originally posted to jpmassar on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 03:38 PM PDT.

Also republished by Progressive Policy Zone.

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