The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is a proposed law in the United States which would allow for the sharing of Internet traffic information between the U.S. government and certain technology and manufacturing companies.
The alleged aim of the bill is to help the U.S government investigate cyber threats and ensure the security of networks against cyberattack, but this also means that all your private information on the web will be handed to the American government without the need of any warrant.
This bill affects everyone, not just U.S. citizens. Anyone with a Facebook account could now have their data shipped directly to the U.S. government. That’s why you should oppose this bill.
As the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Mark Jaycox put it in an open forum on Reddit last week, here are some of Cispa’s consequences:
Companies have new rights to monitor user actions and share data â€“ including potentially sensitive user data â€“ with the government without a warrant.
Cispa overrides existing privacy law, and grants broad immunities to participating companies.
Information provided to the federal government under Cispa would be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and other state laws that could otherwise require disclosure (unless some law other than Cispa already requires its provision to the government).
Cispa’s authors argue that the bill contains limitations on how the federal government can use and disclose information by permitting lawsuits against the government. But if a company sends information about a user that is not cyberthreat information, the government agency does not notify the user, only the company.
CISPA will give the Government direct access to your digital life with the tiniest details!
CISPA threatens our most basic rights. Privacy is important not just for our security but for our rights to freedom of expression.
As Dan Gillmore wrote on Guardian.co.ukÂ :Â “It’s up to all of us to say, “We’re not going to sacrifice all of our liberties for the illusion of safety.” If you value any semblance of privacy in our increasingly digital world, call your House member’s office.”
It doesn’t matter where you come from, you can help stop CISPA , in many ways ; inspire people to do actions, sign petitions, or even call your member of the US House of Representatives.