Previously, CISPA allowed the government to use information for “cybersecurity” or “national security” purposes. Those purposes have not been limited or removed.
Instead, three more valid uses have been added: investigation and prosecution of cybersecurity crime, protection of individuals, and protection of children.
Quayle (AZ), Eshoo (CA), Thompson, Mike (CA), Broun (GA): Would limit government use of shared cyber threat information to only 5 purposes: 1) cybersecurity; 2) investigation and prosecution of cybersecurity crimes; 3) protection ofindividuals from the danger of death or physical injury; 4) protection of minors from physical or psychological harm; and 5) protection of the national security of the United States.
Basically, the amendment closes a loophole but opens a door. It took away some of the language that allowed overreach of the bill, but then explicitly endorses the exact things people were worried the government would do with that language — as in, start using the data gathered to investigate and build cases against American citizens without regard for the laws that would normally protect their privacy.
CISPA’s authors have said over and over again that they don’t want or plan to use the bill for anything except shoring up network security, and then they add this?
This is supposed to “limit” CISPA’s targets?