Good News! CISPA Dies In The Senate

Open Internet supporters and advocates for consumer privacy have, once again, eked out a narrow victory against those who would turn the Internet into the exclusive domain of government and corporate interest. Despite what appeared to be growing support for the odious legislation, The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act has apparently died in committee in the US Senate.

The bill, which ostensibly sought to update the 1947 National Security Act to deal with so-called ‘cyber terrorism’, sailed to passage last week in the House of Representatives by a disturbingly large margin. However, though controversy over CISPA never reached the level of the fight over SOPA and PIPA, privacy advocates were consistently critical of CISPA’s lack of protection for consumers’ private data, as well as the way it defined certain forms of copyright infringement as terrorism. President Barack Obama even issued a preemptive threat to veto the legislation unless privacy concerns were addressed.

In the end, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation agreed with the bill’s critics, with committee member Jay Rockefeller called the bill’s regard for consumer privacy “insufficient”. The committee will instead explore separate legislation to address cybersecurity issues, virtually guaranteeing that it will be many months before anything new is proposed.

Naturally, it’s a safe bet that around this time next year we will, once again, be battling back yet another attempt to gut the Internet. But for now, it’s enough to know that we keep winning.

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7 Comments on Good News! CISPA Dies In The Senate


On April 25, 2013 at 8:23 pm

YAAAY!! Did not see this one coming :D


On April 25, 2013 at 9:00 pm

At least this didn’t have to get to the point where it needed a veto. Cybersecurity is one thing, but when a copyright violation could be considered some sort of terrorism, you’ve got your priorities messed up.


On April 26, 2013 at 12:30 am

This is good news indeed ! But somehow i get the feeling that this isn’t over yet. Sopa, Pipa, Cispa… it’s like the flu, it keeps coming back every year


On April 26, 2013 at 3:05 am

Congratulations, America. You repeatedly emerge victorious in the fight against internet repression while MPs in my country, the UK, and all around Europe seem absolutely determined to destroy our liberties despite overwhelming opposition to their poorly-structured plans, mostly because corporate lobbyists are telling them they should.

This is a good day and I’m glad the Senate has shown some balls and rejected this bullying for the good of the public.


On April 26, 2013 at 11:25 am

Protip, Government can get your precious personal information whenever they want and whether you know it or not.

Tinfoil hat time, maybe they staged this failure to really pass it so everyone turns off their firewalls and they can steal your information. Oh noes!

Tiresome Troll

On April 26, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Give up, ‘lol’. It’s not working. You have no valid or developed opinions and are clearly only looking to play devil’s advocate for the sake of getting attention. We’re too wise to fall for it so do everyone a favour and f*** off.


On April 30, 2013 at 12:37 am