Here’s their next move: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States. It’s up for a vote later this month.
CISPA would provide a victory for content owners who were shell-shocked by the unprecedented outpouring of activism in opposition to SOPA and Internet censorship.
SOPA was pushed as a remedy to the supposed economic threat of online piracy — but economic fear-mongering didn’t quite do the trick, so those concerned about copyright are engaging in sleight of hand, appending their legislation to a bill that most Americans will assume is about keeping them safe from bad guys.
This so-called cyber security bill aims to prevent theft of “government information” and “intellectual property” and could let ISPs block your access to websites — or the whole Internet.
CISPA also encourages companies to share information about you with the government and other corporations. That data could then be used for just about anything — from prosecuting crimes to ad placements. And perhaps worst of all, CISPA supercedes all existing online privacy protections.
Please add your name at right to tell your lawmakers to oppose CISPA.
Here’s CDT’s resource page on CISPA.
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