The deadline for a petition submitted to the White House's "We The People" site to stop the passage of the newest version of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is March 15, but the petition has already passed the 100,000 signature threshold needed for the White House to recognize it. The petition expresses concerns that citizens and privacy groups have over the privacy implications of the bill sponsored by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.).
The goal of the bill is to allow private sector entities to freely share data with government agencies at their discretion. But the bill offers no protection for citizens' privacy online, it requires no court order or judicial review (like a warrant to be required) and it gives those companies that share the data immunity from lawsuits. At a glance the law violates the Constitution on several fronts including the right to free speech, the right to due process, and the rights against unlawful seizure of property.
The real question, now that the petition has enough signatures for the White House to give it serious consideration, is how the Administration will respond. The president has already issued an executive order dealing with cyber security, though he said that lawmakers need to finish the job. Unfortunately, members of the House are returning to the bill that is causing all the protests because it has not found a better way to address privacy and civil rights concerns.
We will continue to follow this story as it develops and will provide the Administration's response to it as soon as it becomes available.
Source: Huffington Post