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Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act should be defeated
April 23, 2013 - Andrea Johnson
Here's news that may make you think twice about posting on Facebook.
This week, according to the Huffington Post, the U.S. House defeated an amendment to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act that would have banned employers from asking employees to hand over their social media passwords as a condition of employment.
The amendment was proposed by Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., suggested Perlmutter address the password privacy issue in separate legislation and suggested that Perlmutter was trying to kill CISPA, according to U.S. News and World Report. Perlmutter denies that.
Obviously, your Facebook password should be none of your employer's business and I would refuse outright to turn mine over (or would cancel my account) rather than to do so.
But CISPA itself sounds like very bad news as it has huge privacy concerns. Under its provisions, companies might be able to ignore its promises to online customers to protect their private information and to share that data with the government or other companies.
According to the Huffington Post, the bill states that "Nothwithstanding any other provision of law, a self-protected entity may, for cybersecurity purposes ... share such cyber threat information with any other entity, including the Federal Government."
Just what constitutes a cyberthreat and who gets to decide when to violate your privacy and mine and turn us in to the feds?
With any luck this noxious piece of legislation will be defeated in the Senate or be vetoed by President Obama.
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