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Protecting Privacy: Rep. Barton Says Cyber Security Bill Goes Against Constitution


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Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), co-chair of the Bi-partisan Privacy Caucus, delivered the following speech (video and text attached) on the House Floor Thursday urging his colleague to vote against H.R. 3528, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). He cited serious concerns with the bill's lack of privacy protection for American citizens and believes it goes against the 4th Amendment of the Constitution:

"'The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or
affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the
persons or things to be seized.'"

"My friends that is the 4th amendment to the Constitution, one the ten original Bill of Rights protecting in writing the privacy of a U.S. citizen. I want to thank Mr. Rogers and Mr. Ruppersberger for their work. They should get an A for effort for identifying the problem, but I have to give them an F for problem solution.

"The word privacy in the underlying bill is mentioned one time in passing. There are no explicit protections for privacy. In fact, there is an explicit exemption of liability to all people who engage in collection, dissemination, transfer and sharing of information.

"My friends we have a real problem. I take the Chairman at his word - he is former FBI agent - that he wants to solve this cyber threat. I know he means it. Until we protect the privacy rights of our citizens, the solution is worse than the problem they are trying to solve. Please vote no on this bill."

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