Instead of trying to come up with a catchy title, I thought I’d get right to the point – STOP CISPA!
In a previous post, I discussed how Facebook was supporting CISPA. Recently Google’s co-founder, Sergey Brin, spoke out about the controversial bill in an exclusive interview with the Guardian stating,
“I am more worried than I have been in the past,” he said. “It’s scary.”
Now, if Sergey is worried, don’t you think you should be a bit concerned?
What is CISPA?
The first question I’m asked, is what exactly is CISPA? CISPA is the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a bill proposed last November to give the government new powers to secure networks and thwart copyright violators. It’s often referred to as SOPA2 because it’s the governments replacement for the initial SOPA and PIPA bills that garnered public attention with worldwide protests and the blackout of the Internet in protest.
Why Should You Care?
CISPA seeks to create a sharing of information between government, military, and private companies when it comes to cyber threats. The bill forces private companies to surrender user information without a court order. That means that Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter – to name a few of the most prominent social media sites – would have to surrender YOUR data to the government or military without a court order forcing them to do so.
I repeat, that means that Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter – to name a few of the most prominent social media sites – would have to surrender YOUR data to the government or military without a court order forcing them to do so.
The next problem with that bill is that it so loosely defines what cyber threat is, it leaves the ability for the government and the military to abuse. And in case you think that’s not possible, get your head of the sand and read the recent headlines about the scandals in government agencies, abuses of power, and financial malfeasance.
And if you also believe that the Congressmen who sponsored this bill have any clue as to what security is, read this article: Congressional Reps Pushing CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Don’t Even Know How To Secure Their Own Websites. Now, don’t you think that anyone who is allowed to make laws regarding security should be able to secure their own websites or at least have knowledgeable staff or consultants who can? (And no, I haven’t received a phone call yet!)
CISPA is far worse than SOPA and PIPA and must be stopped. But hey, don’t believe me. Believe Sergey Brin by reading this article: Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google’s Sergey Brin or Time’s Matt Peckham (@mattpeckham) by reading this article: 5 Reasons the CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Should Be Tossed.
Finally, if you’d like to read the entire bill and see the list of the many co-sponsors, feel free to download the PDF of H.R. 3523 and read it yourself. So far, we still have the ability to read these things.
And if you are convinced, as I am, that no good can come from this, then PLEASE contact your congressman and voice your objections! The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has made it very effortless. Visit their page: Don’t Let Congress Use “Cybersecurity” Fears to Trample on Civil Liberties and put your zip code into the box on the right sidebar. The system will find your elected officials and allow you to send them an email voicing your objections. How much easier can we make this for you?
Don’t delay! Let your voice be heard or you will no longer be allowed to use your voice!