The highly invasive Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is back. CISPA’s danger lies in it’s equating “greater cybersecurity with greater surveillance and information sharing”. As the EFF points out though, “cybersecurity problems arise from software vulnerabilities and human failings, issues CISPA fails to address.” Take action with EFF to stop this Act: https://action.eff.org/o/9042/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9048
Article by Mark M. Jaycox for EFF:
It's official: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act was reintroduced in the House of Representatives yesterday. CISPA is the contentious bill civil liberties advocates fought last year, which would provide a poorly-defined "cybersecurity" exception to existing privacy law. CISPA offers broad immunities to companies who choose to share data with government agencies (including the private communications of users) in the name of cybersecurity. It also creates avenues for companies to share data with any federal agencies, including military intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA).
EFF is adamantly opposed to CISPA. Will you join us in calling on Congress to stop this and any other privacy-invasive cybersecurity legislation?
As others have noted, “CISPA is deeply flawed. Under a broad cybersecurity umbrella, it permits companies to share user communications directly with the super secret NSA and permits the NSA to use that information for non-cybersecurity reasons. This risks turning the cybersecurity program into a back door intelligence surveillance program run by a military entity with little transparency or public accountability.” Read more »