Tell Obama: Stand up for Internet privacy!
UPDATE: The US House of Representatives voted to approve the CISPA bill in mid-April, reports the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Click here to see more about the bill passing from EFF, and click here for a new petition started by Demand Progress.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is a bill recently introduced in the United States that would create a gaping new exemption to existing privacy law. It would let any company, from AT&T to Zynga, including internet giants like Google or Facebook obtain "cyber threat" information (including personal and private information from your accounts) and disclose that data to the U.S. government. That includes non-U.S. users of these American services.
Worse yet, these companies are authorized to give this information to any U.S. government agency, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency (NSA).
Last year, President Obama threatened to veto this bill because of privacy and civil liberties concerns, noting that the bill did not require companies and the government to take adequate steps to "minimize and protect personally identifiable information."
Now CISPA is back — but President Obama has been silent.
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Want to learn more about CISPA and why it is dangerous? See Electronic Frontier Foundation's FAQ.