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Cybersecurity bill passes despite concerns about personal data protection
CNN News ^ | April 26th, 2012, 07:37 PM ET | By Deirdre Walsh

Posted on 04/27/2012 3:00:32 AM PDT by carriage_hill

Ignoring a veto threat from the White House, the House passed legislation Thursday designed to protect communications networks from cyberattacks.

The vote was 248-168.

But even as the House bill moves forward, privacy concerns about granting government agencies access to personal information transmitted on the Internet could prove to be a major obstacle to any new cybersecurity law.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Michigan and a former FBI agent, said he spent the last year working on the bill because the national security risk to the United States posed by cyberattacks is one, "we are just not prepared to handle."

"We needed to stop the Chinese government from stealing our stuff. We needed to stop the Russians from what they're doing to our networks and people's personal information data and resources," Rogers said on the House floor on Thursday. "We needed to prepare for countries like

Iran and North Korea so that they don't do something catastrophic to our networks here in America and cause us real harm to real people."

The House bill, called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, was drafted by Rogers and the committee's top Democrat, Maryland Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger. It sets up a voluntary system for private companies to share information about any threats or attacks on their networks with U.S. national security agencies. It also gives some liability protections to those companies in return for cooperating with the government.

(Excerpt) Read more at security.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: computers; cyberattacks; privacy
This bill isn't going to do diddly-squat in stopping the Chinese or the Russians from doing what they're doing. But it will further compromise InterNet users by an even wider collection of personal data & information by the corrupt, criminal Gov't cybernetwork.

"We're from the government, and we're here to help you".

1 posted on 04/27/2012 3:00:40 AM PDT by carriage_hill
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And the TSA was set up to foil terrorists; now, of course, they’re simply terrorizing kids and hassling old ladies, while TSA personnel relish seriously inconveniencing the rest of us.

“We have seen the enemy, and it is us.”


2 posted on 04/27/2012 8:29:40 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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And the TSA was set up to foil terrorists; now, of course, they’re simply terrorizing kids and hassling old ladies, while TSA personnel relish seriously inconveniencing the rest of us.

“We have seen the enemy, and it is us.”


3 posted on 04/27/2012 8:29:40 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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Exactly, JH.

I quit flying commercial after the TWA800 shootdown in 1995, and will never fly again as long as the criminal TSA exists. My airline pilot friends tell me all kinds of horror stories about them and their corruption/criminality.

Not a gunpoint would I ever go back to flying.


4 posted on 04/27/2012 9:03:04 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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