CISA is the newest and latest version of a bill that would give the NSA even more powers
CISA is an even more toxic bill than the original CISPA bill. CISA stays in line with the original objective of the CISPA bill to strengthen and legitimize the NSA’s surveillance programs. But this time the bill would allow for and encourage sweeping datamining taps on Internet users for the undefined purpose of domestic “cybersecurity”. The NSA would be able to share this data with police and other law enforcement agencies for domestic “cybersecurity” purposes – meaning these powers will be used against innocent citizens.
Would you like to read more about CISPA’s newest form, CISA? Read some of these articles
1.) Open Technology Institute. “Info Sharing with NSA is a Non-Starter – and Only One of the New Cybersecurity Bill’s Many Problems”. Read More
2.) ACLU. “Beware the Dangers of Congress’ Latest Cybersecurity Bill”. Read More
Big Tech and the NSA both want to pass CISPA. And that should scare you.
Recent news reports reveal that the NSA has been pressuring their most powerful defenders in Congress to reintroduce CISPA — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing & Protection Act. This bill would allow corporations to share our private data with the government more easily, and with complete legal immunity. No wonder NSA chief Keith Alexander has been begging Congress to pass a CISPA bill, and the trade groups led by Google and other tech giants are on board.
At a time when opinion polls and growing dissent show that the public is overwhelmingly opposed to broader government surveillance, anti-privacy members of Congress seem determined to give the NSA and big tech companies what they want, even if it means trampling our rights in the process.
We need to stop CISPA for good this time. We stalled it in the Senate earlier this year, but now Senators Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss are planning to introduce the Senate version of the bill any day now. Just like last time, they’ll claim that the privacy concerns have been addressed, even though they’ve refused to make changes suggested by civil liberties groups. Let’s make this the last time they try anything like CISPA. Sign and share the petition now.
What’s wrong with CISPA? (in as few words as possible)
As it’s written in the version that passed the House, CISPA won’t protect us from cyber threats, but it will violate our 4th Amendment right to privacy.
- The NSA wants it badly, because it will give them more access to your data, and give companies immunity for legally shaky programs like PRISM: (read more)
- It lets the government spy on you without a warrant. (read more)
- It makes it so you can’t even find out about it after the fact. (read more)
- It makes it so companies can’t be sued when they do illegal things with your data. (read more)
- It allows corporations to cyber-attack each other and individuals outside of the law. (read more)
UPDATE! IDL launched the ‘Cat Signal’ on March 20th, over 30K sites participated including Reddit, Craigslist, and Duck Duck Go. Press Release.
A phone call is worth 100 petition signatures…
CISPA is an urgent threat. We’ve heard that Congress will be attempting to push it to a floor vote as soon as they return from recess. Last year, CISPA rushed through the house before anyone had time to react. We can’t let that happen again. The risks are too great.
Can you pick up the phone right now and call your Congressperson? We need to make sure that every member of Congress hears from their constituency that CISPA is not an option, and voting for it would be a big mistake.
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