The Electronic Frontier Foundation launched the 'Stop Cyber Spying' campaign in conjunction with a number of other privacy and civil rights organizations to protest the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. (Source: EFF)
Friday, May 24 2013 2:28 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:28:55 GMT
Several Cincinnati car dealerships are giving away $50 gift cards to active and retired military and veterans starting on Monday though June 2. In partnership with a non-profit military charity calledFull Story >
Active and retired military can stop by the following Performance Group locations now through Sunday, June 2 to receive a free $50 gift card.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 1:39 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:39:49 GMT
On Friday, the Ohio Attorney General's Missing Children Clearinghouse annual 2012 report was released. According to report, a total of 19,219 reports of missing children were made in 2012. Of those children,Full Story >
Attorney General DeWine attended a balloon launch at Columbus Preparatory Academy in honor of National Missing Children's Day, which is observed on May 25th. Children released 690 balloons representing each missing child in Ohio.Full Story >
Dr. Kimberly Price, Injury Prevention Coordinator at Children's Hospital, talks about bike safety for your child this summer.Full Story >
(RNN) - The House of Representatives is set to vote on a bipartisan cyber-security bill with broad support from companies and representatives next week, but the bill's vague language has a number of civil rights and privacy advocates up in arms.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) would open communication between the federal government and businesses by allowing them to share sensitive information on possible threats.
The bill has more than 100 co-sponsors in the House and support from a number of well known companies, including Facebook, IBM, Microsoft and Verizon.
Christopher Padilla, vice president of governmental programs for IBM, said the bill "provides a solid framework and useful legal protections to permit the timely flow of actionable threat information in order for organizations to better protect themselves and customers."
However, civil rights organizations have criticized the bill for its broad terms, which could potentially allow companies to release personal, private information to the government without telling consumers. The information could be shared without any oversight from the courts and may be used only to detect and deter cyber threats or "in the interest of national security."
"We need cyber-security legislation, not surveillance legislation," said Leslie Harris, president of the Center for Democracy and Technology.
"CDT's main concerns with CISPA are that it has an almost unlimited description of the information that can be shared with the government; it allows for a large flow of private communications directly to the NSA [National Security Agency], an agency with little accountability; and it lacks meaningful use restrictions," CDT Senior Counsel Greg Nojeim said.
The CDT wants to make sure that information passed on to the government is used specifically to ensure cyber-security and not "unrelated national security purposes or criminal investigations," Nojeim said.
"The language of this bill is dangerously vague, so that personal online activity - from the mundane to the intimate - could be implicated," said Rainey Reitman, activism director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
In a statement made to The Hill on Tuesday, the White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said "legislation that would sacrifice the privacy of our citizens in the name of security will not meet our nation's urgent needs."
She did not specifically name CISPA.
Facebook has also reacted to privacy concerns, highlighting the fact that the legislation would not require the sharing of any information. Facebook says the company has no intention of sharing personal information with the government.
"We've been engaging directly with key lawmakers as well as industry and consumer groups about potential changes to the bill to help address privacy concerns," said Joel Kaplan, vice president of Facebook's U.S. Public Policy, in a statement on Facebook.
The bill's sponsors have said they are working with privacy and civil rights groups to fix potential problems in the bill.
The bill had originally set off alarms for privacy groups with its inclusion of information that may violate "intellectual property rights." The term smacked of the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), which faced uproar from consumers and the internet community.
In January, a number of well known websites, including Wikipedia and Reddit, blacked out their pages in protest.
In December 2011, Rogers and Ruppersberger added an amendment to the bill which would prohibit the government from using cyber threat information unless "at least one significant purpose is cyber-security or national security."
A second amendment would require an annual report to Congress on the information shared with the government in the interest of making what data is collected more transparent.
The House will vote on CISPA on April 23.
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Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:13 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:13:57 GMT
A man was found shot to death in Over-the-Rhine overnight. It was just before 3A-M when Cincinnati dispatch received a call about a man bleeding from the head near the intersection of Goose Alley andFull Story >
Cincinnati police have released the name of a man who was shot and killed early Friday morning in OTR. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:32:47 GMT
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale. It happened just before 4:00 Friday morning. Police say the truck hit the cruiser, an unmarked SUV, at Reading and Victory. ThereFull Story >
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:20 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:20:42 GMT
An Ohio police officer and his wife face aggravated child neglect charges after their young children were left unsupervised in a truck outside a Panama City Beach bar. Bay County Jail officials say 35-year-oldFull Story >
An Ohio police officer and his wife face aggravated child neglect charges after their young children were left unsupervised in a truck outside a Panama City Beach bar.Full Story >