The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act ("CISPA") is the latest example of a depressingly common situation in Washington DC -- well-meaning legislators unfamiliar with technology try to rush through a statute about a high-profile Internet issue (here, cybersecurity). Proponents of the bill say they want to faciliate information sharing between the federal government and the private sector. What they don't seem to understand is that existing laws already permit most kinds of cybersecurity information sharing. In their eagerness, the supporters of CISPA would undermine our existing system of accountability for sharing of private data and, by doing so, cause a number of unintended consequences that would harm both state and federal efforts to protect consumer privacy.
For a line analysis of the bill, click here.
For more commentary, by myself and Professor Eric Goldman of Santa Clara, click here.