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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. Cybersecurity crime is defined as any crime involving network disruption or hacking, plus any violation of the CFAA.

Basically this means CISPA can no longer be called a cybersecurity bill at all. The government would be able to search information it collects under CISPA for the purposes of investigating American citizens with complete immunity from all privacy protections as long as they can claim someone committed a "cybersecurity crime". Basically it says the 4th Amendment does not apply online, at all. Moreover, the government could do whatever it wants with the data as long as it can claim that someone was in danger of bodily harm, or that children were somehow threatened-again, notwithstanding absolutely any other law that would normally limit the government's power.

Sneak attack: surprise amendment makes CISPA worse, then it is voted and passed a day ahead of schedule. Congress just deleted the Fourth Amendment - Boing Boing

Insanity: CISPA Just Got Way Worse, And Then Passed On Rushed Vote | Techdirt
 

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Hopefully it can be stopped by the other half of Congress, or the President (who stated that he was going to Veto it). If the Pres veto's it, it would be a nice relief... However I'm not holding my breath. Everyone email your reps!
 

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Many bills that pass through the House don't make it through the Senate. Either way, from what I've read, CISPA has a strong chance of being veto'ed if it arrives on the President's desk in current form. The "4th Amendment does not apply" stance is ridiculous.

It's nauseating to read about Congress passing these sort of bills when there are so many higher-priority problems at hand that continue to sit on the back burner.
 

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And they can now strip search you for starting this thread. Good deal.
 

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More people need to be aware of this and other similar bills. Too many people of my generation (I'm 23) don't care and think this is really to "protect" us.... we'll see who's protected... I hope Anonymous pulls something big if any of these types of bills get this | | close to passing
 
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