The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is getting a lot of bipartisan support, but in reality it\u2019s a nightmare that makes SOPA look practically benign\u00a0in comparison.\n\tThe bill (HR3523) was introduced last December by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and C.A. \u201cDutch\u201d Ruppersberger (D-MD), chair and minority leader of the House Intelligence Committee respectively, and it now has more than 105 co-sponsors\u00a0along with\u00a0a bunch of corporations backing it.\n\tThe bill, like so many bad ideas, has good some intentions: It is supposed to enhance information sharing for cybersecurity purposes between the private sector and the government, and it would authorize Internet service providers and other companies to share customer communications and other personally identifiable information with government agencies.\n\tThe problems? Here\u2019s what the EFF had to say:\n\t\n\t\tThe bill would allow a broad swath of ISPs and other private entities to "use cybersecurity systems" to collect and share masses of user data with the government, other businesses, or "any other entity" so long as it\u2019s for a vaguely-defined "cybersecurity purpose." It would trump existing privacy statutes that strictly limit the interception and disclosure of your private communications data, as well as any other state or federal law that might get in the way.\u00a0\n\n\tThe government can ask for this information based on two suspected infractions:\n\t\n\t\tEfforts to degrade, disrupt, or destroy a government or private system or network; or\n\t\n\t\t\u201cTheft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property, or personally identifiable information.\u201d\n\n\tYou don\u2019t have to a lawyer to realize tha roughly\u00a0translates into, \u201cAnything we want.\u201d\n\tHowever, there would be some oversight. The bill initially stated taht the watchdog would be would be the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board which, as the EFF noted, hasn\u2019t existed since January 2008. Our new protector would be the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community. Even if this IG wanted to be an aggressive regulator it would be tough. His or her authority is limited to an annual report for Congress.\n\tDoesn\u2019t that make you feel better?\n\tBut wait, as the commercials say, that\u2019s not all.\n\tOnce this information is handed over, the government can do pretty much whatever it wants with it. Data wouldn\u2019t have to be used for cybersecurity, but could be used for any purpose that is not specifically prohibited.\n\tDid you ever see the movie Brazil? In it one man\u2019s life is ruined because of a misspelling on a government form. Now admittedly Brazil is a 1985 movie about a dystopia in which massive government bureaucracies are forced to guard national security using jury-rigged 1940\u2019s technology. So we, with our state-of-the-fart government IT infrastructure, have nothing to worry about.\n\tPS: If you're confused by all the different dumb cyber bills under consideration the ACLU has come to your rescue with this handy dandy chart that compares and contrasts them. Also you can follow the progress of this bill at Govtrack. Or you can watch paint dry.