An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Sandra Fulton follows:
A new cybersecurity bill poses serious threats to our privacy, gives the government extraordinary powers to silence potential whistleblowers, and exempts these dangerous new powers from transparency laws. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 (“CISA”) was scheduled to be marked up by the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday but has been delayed until after next week’s congressional recess… Collected information could then be used in criminal proceedings, creating a dangerous end-run around laws like the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which contain warrant requirements. In addition to the threats to every American’s privacy, the bill clearly targets potential government whistleblowers. Instead of limiting the use of data collection to protect against actual cybersecurity threats, the bill allows the government to use the data in the investigation and prosecution of people for economic espionage and trade secret violations, and under various provisions of the Espionage Act. It’s clear that the law is an attempt to give the government more power to crack down on whistleblowers, or “insider threats,” in popular bureaucratic parlance. The Obama Administration has brought more “leaks” prosecutions against government whistleblowers and members of the press than all previous administrations combined.
My online response to the above linked-to article follows:
‘While we hope many companies would jealously guard their customers’ information, there is a provision in the bill that would excuse sharers from any liability if they act in “good faith” that the sharing was lawful.” “While we hope many” tax evading, employee-abusing, pro-corporatocracy “companies would jealousy guard their customers’ information” because they care and not just for business reasons, NOT, “there is a provision in the bill that would excuse sharers from any liability if they act in “good faith” that the sharing was lawful,” which isn’t a problem because corporations already know that all that their law and order governments do is lawful. Because governments say so. Trust them.
From the American Civil Liberties Unon (ACLU) website: “Beware The Dangers Of Congress’ Latest Cybersecurity Bill”