(Dubuque, IA) On Thursday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, commonly known as CISPA. The vote was 248 ayes to 168 nays, with 15 not voting. CISPA was passed with the “intention” of detecting cyber threats say proponents of the bill, however its opponents say that this bill could allow private internet providers to provide the government any amount of information, from the content of private emails to your medical, financial, and educational records online.
Republican Candidate for U.S. Congress from the First District of Iowa, Rod Blum condemned the passage of the bill, stating “The U.S. government continues to pass legislation that infringes upon the rights of everyday Americans.”
“The passage of bills that violate our privacy and civil liberties such as CISPA are simply unconstitutional,” added Mr. Blum. “The ability to peer into private activity on the Internet has no foundation in the Constitution. Far too often Americans are asked to sacrifice their liberties for the sake of ‘safety’ – I believe we can be safe AND hold dear our individual liberties.”
Mr. Blum went on to encourage conservative members of the U.S. Senate to uphold the Constitution in making their vote on CISPA. “Protect our freedom on the Internet, protect our privacy as citizens, and protect our Constitution,” he implored.
- Mozilla is first major tech company to denounce CISPA (news.cnet.com)
- Microsoft backs away from CISPA support, citing privacy (news.cnet.com)
- House approves CISPA despite last-minute push by opponents (news.cnet.com)
- Proposed CISPA amendments do little to appease critics (news.cnet.com)
- Homeland Security Internet monitoring dropped from CISPA (news.cnet.com)
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