Privacy SOS

Even worse than SOPA? So-called “cybersecurity” bill CISPA is coming

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The week of April 23rd is "Cyber Week" in the House, when debate on the Cyber Intelligence and Sharing Protection Act (CISPA) will begin. The bill's author and lead sponsor, Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, describes it like this:

To provide for the sharing of certain cyber threat intelligence and cyber threat information between the intelligence community and cybersecurity entities, and for other purposes.

But in fact, the bill would:

  • allow companies to share private data with the government; 
  • create a "cybersecurity" exception to all privacy laws and allow companies to share the private and personal data they hold on their US customers with the government for so-called "cybersecurity" purposes;
  • confer full liability protection to corporations who share our data with the government, immunizing them from criminal or civil liability, even after an egregious breach of privacy; and
  • allow the government to use data it obtained through "cybersecurity" laws for any purpose whatsoever, with no limits, including for fishing expeditions or criminal, immigration or other purposes.

Here's another way to describe the bill:

Massive online censorship : Massive online surveillance :: SOPA : CISPA.

In other words, we need to stop this thing. Stay tuned for more information over the coming weeks, and for specific ways to fight back.

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