In an editorial penned for The Hill to convince members of congress to join him, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) says that the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) bill is a good thing. He extols the virtues of its commitment to the protection of Constitutional civil liberties and privacy because in Kansas protecting individual rights is in its citizens' "DNA."
That same kind of care for protection of rights has gone into the bill, he claims. He also says that Kansans doesn't believe in government solutions to problems, and that CISPA should be a Good Samaritan law for cyberspace because it is "voluntary." Pompeo is a strong supporter of the bill and is a member of the House Intelligence Committee – which some might call an oxymoron.
Pompeo then attempts to take on critics of the bill:
"Critics of the bill have nevertheless expressed concern that consumer privacy may be jeopardized," he notes. "To assuage this fear, the bill incorporates several provisions specifically aimed at strengthening privacy protections. For example, an amendment I offered last year ensures that CISPA grants no new authority to monitor private networks. The bill also permits private rights of action (lawsuits) for violations of privacy. In addition, it encourages minimization of any personal data that might be transferred and expressly limits how all information can be shared. All told, over a dozen amendments have been offered to ensure that CISPA respects privacy rights."
Pompeo also plays the "protecting American jobs card" as an important reason why this bill is important. The same thing was said about SOPA:
"CISPA will also help protect American jobs. Every single day agents of certain foreign governments are relentlessly and methodically trying to hack into our corporations’ computer networks and steal blueprints for next-generation equipment and products from some of America’s largest exporters. If they can successfully get their hands on those blueprints, these nations will attempt to repurpose the designs themselves and sell knock-off products on the open market, artificially and illegally competing against American inventors and producers without having spent one dime on research and development themselves. Letting cyberbandits get away with such conduct would cost thousands of American jobs. Examples of corporate espionage like this are why groups like the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce support CISPA."
He closes by saying that cybercrimes have to be stopped at all cost:
"These cybercrimes against our country and private citizens must not continue to happen. We can act now to prevent them through voluntary cooperative measures, and we do not have to trade away liberty or privacy to do so. The sooner we act, the sooner we can start turning the tables on cyberattackers. Please join me in supporting CISPA on the House Floor this week."
You can read the whole thing here.
Source: The Hill