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Does CISPA allow the US government to spy on US residents?

Once it’s in the hands of the DHS, it can be sent anywhere and be used against the person. CISPA amends the National Security Act to include provisions to further protect national or homeland security, as well as other “threats to the United States, its people, property, or interests”.

According to the EFF, even though the data was passed to the government for “only cybersecurity purposes”, it can then be used to investigate other crime, not limited to cybersecurity crime, such as the “criminal exploitation of minor, protecting individuals from death or serious physical injury, or protecting the national security of the United States”.

What can I do if a private firm hands over my data to the US government?

Very little. But also, there’s no way of knowing that your data has been handed to the US government by a private firm unless that firm informs you. Frankly, most will have no reason to.

CISPA explicitly prevents those under the scope of CISPA — typically US residents — to sue the US government for collecting or retaining data outside of legal parameters. Freedom of Information (FOI) requests do not apply under CISPA, because the data collected will be exempt from disclosure. CISPA also gives private firms legal protection to pass that data on the US government, so they can’t be sued, either.

Source: Associated Press

 

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