Microsoft backs away from CISPA support, citing privacy

Run your own private cloud. Else get prosecuted. That’s how government now works under the Obama regime. Your data is now their date. Don’t forget.

Yep, this is what most that looked at the House passed bill has said. The privacy aspects were just not there. You want privacy, run your own, don’t give your data to any third party, and expect them to protect your data.

Everything was fine, until they read the bill.

Microsoft has been counted as a supporter of CISPA since the beginning. Now the company tells CNET that any new law must allow “us to honor the privacy and security promises we make to our customers” and protect “consumer privacy.” Then the probelms start.

Don’t you remember Nancy “nanny” Pelosi and the health care debate … So now read the bill, before they vote. Don’t be sorry later. Else the deluge of unintended unknown government mandates will follow, or intended ones like the racism in the ObamaCare bill. Yes racism. Didn’t you know???

From CNET:

Microsoft is no longer as enthusiastic about acontroversial cybersecurity bill that would allow Internet and telecommunications companies to divulge confidential customer information to the National Security Agency.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved CISPA by a 248 to 168 margin yesterday in spite of a presidential veto threat andwarnings from some House members that the measure represented “Big Brother writ large.” (See CNET’s CISPA FAQ.)

In response to queries from CNET, Microsoft, which has long been viewed as a supporter of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, said this evening that any law must allow “us to honor the privacy and security promises we make to our customers.”

Microsoft top lobbyist Fred Humphries, who in November said he wanted to “commend” CISPA’s sponsors for introducing it. The company isn’t quite as enthusiastic today.

(Credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft added that it wants to “ensure the final legislation helps to tackle the real threat of cybercrime while protecting consumer privacy.”

That’s a noticeable change — albeit not a complete reversal — from Microsoft’s position when CISPA was introduced in November 2011.

To be sure, Microsoft’s initial reaction to CISPA came before many of the privacy concerns had been raised. An anti-CISPA coalition letter (PDF) wasn’t sent out until April 16, and a petition that garnered nearly 800,000 signatures wasn’t set up until April 5.

What makes CISPA so controversial is a section saying that, “notwithstanding any other provision of law,” companies may share information with Homeland Security, the IRS, the NSA, or other agencies. By including the word “notwithstanding,” CISPA’s drafters intended to make their legislation trump all existing federal and state laws, including ones dealing with wiretaps, educational records, medical privacy, and more. That would be the cloud companies, where your data is, just in case the government wants to know if any songs are pirated.


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