Obama Hypocritically Threatens Veto of CISPA Despite Executive Orders

Derrick Broze
April 17, 2013


CISPA: Website BlockedIn a statement released Tuesday the Obama Administration once again threatened to veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) over fears that information sharing between corporations and government will lead to more privacy violations.

The Obama administration claims to be standing for privacy and wants the bill to be reworked to better protect citizens. The issue is with legal immunity that corporations will be granted through this bill. The legislation leaves it up to the companies to decide what government agencies to share the information with and grants them limited liability for any violations of the law.

The bill is scheduled to be voted on later this week.

Last week we reported:

“The vote comes after a closed door meeting that was criticized by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).  Jeramie Scott, national security fellow at EPIC  said “Public accountability is paramount with cybersecurity. The House Intelligence Committee is trying to avoid public scrutiny. EPIC would like to see the process opened up to the public, robust privacy protections added, and Presidential Decision Directives on cybersecurity released to the public.”

The American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and companies such as Facebook and Reddit have spoken out about fears of giving government too much access to individuals private information. There is also the worry of supplying the National Security Agency with an even larger pool of names to spy on.” On Monday thirty-four civil liberties organizations sent a joint letter to Congressional Representatives urging them to continue to oppose the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

The White House claims to be concerned for citizen privacy. Their solution to make things more safe is to share your information with their own secretive agency, the Department of Homeland Security. “Newly authorized information sharing for cybersecurity purposes from the private sector to the government should enter the government through a civilian agency, the Department of Homeland Security.”

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