The House Intelligence Committee has agreed to support certain amendments that will improve CISPA in terms of privacy and civil liberties. However, the Committee-supported amendments leave two key issues unresolved - the flow of information to the super-secret National Security Agency and the broad purposes for which that information can be used.
CDT supports the Committee-agreed amendments. We also support and are urging all Members to vote 'yes' on amendments on the role of NSA and the use of information for non-cybersecurity purposes. In order for civil liberties to be adequately protected, the Rules Committee must make these amendments in order under the Rule - that is, they must be permitted to be offered for a vote when the full House takes up the bill. Then, the amendments need a 'yes' vote.
Here's a brief rundown. Watch our blog for updates.
One of the most important Committee amendments narrows the definition of the information that can be shared. This is known as "Goodlatte #39." This is a must-pass amendment.