Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men: The Senate in the Shadows Apparently

Yeah, These Shadows Know
(how deals are made)

What is “CISA?” (Part of that answer is here from Wired.com.
This part of the omnibus bill (to keep government open) has alarmed the privacy community. Why? It will give companies the ability to share cybersecurity information with federal agencies, including the NSA, “…notwithstanding any other provision of law.”
That means CISA’s information-sharing channel, ostensibly created for responding quickly to hacks and breaches, could also provide a loophole in privacy laws that enabled intelligence and law enforcement surveillance without a warrant.  This latest version appended to the omnibus bill seems to exacerbate that basic problem.
Opponents say it creates the ability for the [any] president to set up “portals” for agencies like the FBI and DNI (Director of National Intelligence), so that Internet and other electronic companies hand information directly to law enforcement and intelligence agencies instead of to the DHS (Homeland Security). It also changes when information for cybersecurity reasons can be used for law enforcement investigations. The earlier bill had only allowed that backchannel use of the data for law enforcement in cases of “imminent threats,” while this new bill requires just a “specific threat,” potentially allowing the search of the data for any specific terms regardless of timeliness.
The impact as it were in simple terms:
Lumping CISA in with the omnibus bill further reduces any chance for debate over its surveillance-friendly provisions, or a White House veto (that some call dirty underhanded politics – they would be right).
The latest version actually chips away even further at the remaining personal information protections that privacy advocates had fought for in the version of the bill that passed the Senate and according to this: “They took a bad bill, and they made it worse.” (Says Robyn Greene, policy counsel for the Open Technology Institute).
Even in an earlier version, CISA had drawn opposition from tech firms including Apple, Twitter, and Reddit, as well as the Business Software Alliance and the Computer and Communications Industry Association. In April, a coalition of 55 civil liberties groups and security experts also signed an open letter opposing it. In July, DHS also warned that the bill could overwhelm the agency with data of “dubious value” at the same time as it “sweep[s] away privacy protections.”
Once again “our” government acts, but not on behalf, except with their fancy political rhetoric and paid Ads for reelection impact and they have the gall to call it representative democracy – sadly, in concept but not in reality.
Fear certainly does sell, that is until “we” stop buying it.

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