Here is my congressman’s post on Facebook, supposedly explaining his vote:
Update on possible changes to CISPA to protect privacy rights [UPDATED]
by Congressman Tim Griffin on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 2:43pm ·
It is essential that we act to protect ourselves from cyber threats. This is painfully obvious to anyone paying attention to recent headlines like these:
Washington Times: U.S. seen as Iran cyberarmy target, April 25, 2012
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Outgunned in Hacker War, March 27, 2012
Smithsonian magazine: Richard Clarke on Who Was Behind the Stuxnet Attack, April 2012
Later this week, the House will vote on H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which several folks have expressed concerns about. Some have claimed that, in the bills current form, individuals privacy rights may be threatened. With that in mind, I’m studying several amendments that have been proposed to address the concerns Ive heard.
Its important to note that CISPA is not in its final form. You can read the bill and the proposed amendments on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligences website.
Heritage Foundation national security law expert Paul Rosenzweig, who strongly criticized SOPA, says that these amendments to CISPA address most, if not all, of the privacy concerns leveled against it.
Two major opponents of SOPA, Dan Kaminsky and Stewart Baker, also weighed in on CISPA, saying, “We knew SOPA, we fought SOPA, and CISPA is no SOPA.”
Its important that we strike an appropriate balance between security and privacy. I understand the concerns of my constituents, and I will continue working with my colleagues to ensure that CISPA includes provisions that protect individuals privacy rights.
UPDATED Thursday, April 26, 6:30 PM CT:
The House passed CISPA after agreeing to six amendments that strengthen individuals’ privacy rights and directly address the concerns my constituents expressed to me. After careful consideration, I voted for it. You can see how everyone else voted here.
Here are the six amendments to CISPA that were agreed to before passage. I voted for them all.
1) Rogers (MI) Amendment: Makes clear that information already subject to FOIA by law remains subject to FOIA.
2) Quayle Amendment: Amendment to further limit government use of information shared under the bill only to: 1) cybersecurity purposes, 2) investigation and prosecution of cybersecurity crimes, 3) protection of individuals from danger of death or serious bodily harm, 4) protection of minors from child pornography or risk of sexual exploitation or serious threats to physical safety, and 5) protection of the national security of the United States.
3) Amash Amendment: Prohibits the federal government from using library records, firearms sales records, and tax returns it receives from private entities under the bill.
4) Mulvaney Amendment #8: Improves anonymization and minimization provisions by providing clear authority to create procedures to protect privacy and civil liberties.
5) Goodlatte Amendment: Improves the definitions in the bill to clarify and narrow the information that can be shared with the government.
6) Mulvaney Amendment #15: Sunsets the provisions of the bill five years after enactment.
6) is a real knee-slapper.
When the fed-gov takes power, it never relinquishes it.
———Quayle Amendment: ———
We have here the work of an up and coming conservative who is destined for greater things.
I saw him on Cavuto some time ago and was very impressed with his bearing and his words