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Mythbusting CISPA

At Looks Cloudy we don’t discuss politics. Unless the political topics explicitly make an effort to raise significant concerns for service providers and cloud users in general. So today, without prejudice, we’re offering you some interesting reading about CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. Much like it’s predecessor (SOPA) which was defeated after huge public outcry, CISPA has already received a warning from The White House that it will be vetoed – which then feeds into the overwhelming support (of this once partisan agreement) among Republicans and the typical back-and-forth arguments. We won’t address or dive into that.

Here is the beef of the disagreement: “notwithstanding any other provision of law,” <any cloud service may share any data in the name of cybersecurity> “with any other entity, including the federal government.”

In plain terms, this means any of your service providers that manage data can share your data without regard for wiretap laws, privacy laws – and share any data they seem important – medical, licensing, educational records, etc. Basically, you have 0 privacy with any data you store anywhere.

While the SOPA was effectively a death penalty against foreign sites that are not subject to US laws (MPAA shutting down thepiratebay.org for example), CISPA is targeting domestic users and apparently is above the law. Seemingly, it is an extension of the Patriot Act that takes all of your social and even private data and streams it directly to the government without regard for wiretaps all in the interest of cyber security.

It was widely supported by the corporations and politicians on both sides of the isle alike – you be the judge on how fair and useful it is to you whenever they come to an agreement.

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