Read more about the contents of the bill here.
The Texas CISPA bill, approved unanimously by the House last week, may be passed by the Legislature within 24 hours. It has been scheduled for a vote on Monday.
The bill, now slightly altered SB 1052 in the Senate, does the following:
- Requires any Internet provider that serves Texans to hand over private communication and files.
- Sets no standard for warrants for such seizures, enabling arbitrary violations of Texans' privacy.
- Forces Internet providers to respond within 15-30 days (and sometimes 4-30), giving them almost no time to protect information not targeted.
- Makes it a crime for an officer, director or owner of a company to not comply with the request within the 15-30 day window.
- Opens the door to politically-motivated seizures of online communication.
Read more below the jump.This bill is a sneaky way to pass CISPA legislation. Don't be tricked: since just about every major tech company does business in Texas, this bill will have national consequences.
Our entire online privacy is at stake tomorrow and we need to speak up. Call the offices of our state senators and tell them to oppose this insane law.