The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (HR 3523) is the House of Representatives' latest attempt to destroy privacy and freedom of speech on the Internet.
Co-authored by Reps Mike Rogers and "Dutch" Ruppersberger, this bill is even more horrid than SOPA:
— It allows the US government UNLIMITED, WARRANTLESS ACCESS TO ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION THEY WANT ABOUT ANY INTERNET USER.
— The US government will be able to VIOLATE ANY EXISTING PRIVACY LAWS OR POLICIES IN ORDER TO GET THIS INFORMATION.
— They will also gain unlimited ability to FORCE ISPs TO CENSOR OR MODIFY ANY ONLINE COMMUNICATION in the name of "cybersecurity" (and, just like SOPA, this will be used to ENFORCE "INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY").
— YOU WILL HAVE NO RIGHT TO SUE WHEN YOUR PRIVACY IS VIOLATED. Entities that hand over your data will be granted automatic immunity.
— Any data which the government seizes can be SHARED WITH ANY AGENCY WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE OR CONSENT.
(— Also, as usual, it leaves real online threats completely untouched.)
...and the floor vote for this bill will be THIS COMING MONDAY(APRIL 23).
Call your Representative and tell him or her to VOTE AGAINST CISPA (HR 3523). Whether your Rep is a Democrat or a Republican, let Congress know that you won't stand for this outrageous invasion of our privacy!
You can also contribute to online anti-CISPA activism going on this week:
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has both an online campaign (Stop Cyber Spying) & an e-mail petition.
Also, CongressTMI is an awareness-raising/pranktivism effort to give those in Congress who want to spy on your personal information more than they bargained for. You can use the website (or if you're on Twitter, just use #CongressTMI) to participate.
STOP CISPA! ACT NOW TO SAVE THE INTERNET!