First of all, what is CISPA? It’s the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, a bill that is now that much closer to becoming law. It has passed in the House and will be debated now in the Senate. Those who support CISPA stress that the bill is important for national security. Rep. Mike Rogers, who wrote the bill, claims that it isn’t meant to monitor our domestic networks. But the Electronic Frontier Foundation says the bill is poorly drafted and threatens our civil rights.
Key points you need to know about CISPA as currently presented:
- It violates your 4th Amendment rights.
- The federal government would be entitled to your information without having to obtain a warrant. And you may not be able to even find out about it.
- Private companies (Facebook, Twitter, Google) would not be required to remove personal information before sharing your information with the government.
- There is no language that states that your data can’t be used for marketing purposes (or any other purposes for that matter) after shared for “cyber-security” reasons.
- You can’t sue companies that use your data in ways you don’t want them to.
- President Obama has stated he intends to veto the bill if it crosses his desk without some serious editing due to privacy concerns.
So what can you do to help the fight against CISPA?
- Go to SaveYourPrivacyPolicy.org: Sign the petition. Add your company this this list.
- Go to Demand Progress and tell Facebook: Withdraw Your Support for CISPA
- Go to CISPAisback.org and tell Congress “Violating our privacy is not an option.”
This is not some silly meme or bandwagon. This is a serious threat to our civil liberties and makes any existing privacy measures completely obsolete. Take 10 minutes out of your day and do something good with that internet access we’re fighting to keep safe to use.