Yesterday, the votes out of Capitol Hill were shooting down universal background checks for firearms. Today? The GOP decided it was fine for your employer to demand access to your social media accounts and strips any semblance of privacy for online accounts.
Of course this is done under the specter of cyber attacks from North Korea and Iran. North Korea being the one that can’t find Colorado Springs on a map, while Iran’s nuclear program has been repeatedly setback by cyber attacks from our own government and Israel. Gun background checks? Bad. Your employer being given carte blanche to universally search your online presence is obviously a good thing.
Several amendments were put forward to try and address the privacy concerns but were not allowed to have a vote. The tech sector, who stands to benefit from outsized government contracts, immediately applauded the action. TechAmerica, a lobbying group, urged the Senate to take up the measure as soon as possible. Though TechAmerica may want to start changing their passwords away from ‘password’ before the hacking attacks come again.
Privacy advocates have already condemned the bill and are expected to pressure President Obama to go through with his veto threat over the lack of privacy controls and protections. The ACLU has already released a statement condemning the bill saying it gives the government far reaching powers that once enacted will never go away despite the sunset amendment placed in it.
Another amendment that was put forward but rejected through a procedural motion would have prevented the vague language of the bill being used to create an internet firewall similar to those seen in China and other speech-restrictive countries.
So to recap the 24 hours of legislative action. Background checks at gun shows are a no go despite overwhelming support. The GOP loves the second amendment so much they just never seem to make it to the 4th. So while you get to have your gun safe full of AR-15s, you may not want to post that on facebook because your employer may get spooked when he has access to your confidential passwords.
Expect the groups that successfully battled back SOPA to immediately ramp up their opposition to this bill.