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CISPA (The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) is a bill moving through Congress that would allow the government and private corporations unprecedented access to your personal online information. The bill amends the National Security Act from 1947 and purports to address cyber threats and provide a means to gather intelligence about such online security breaches.
However, the problem with the bill is that the language is broad and allows the government, including the National Security Agency (an organization often criticized about transparency), and even private corporations access to your private data. No one has to tell you if they access your private information. Then, once it has been deemed useful for cybersecurity or national security investigations, it can be used for any other purpose as well. The language of the bill is vague enough to allow for censorship of whistleblower websites like Wikileaks, or even the New York Times, as both have published articles with classified information that could be labeled as a ‘cyberthreat’ under CISPA.
The bill overrides any existing privacy protections, stating that your personal information can be shared “notwithstanding any other provision of the law.” Telcos would even be able to bypass laws to prevent them from spying on your personal communications.
CISPA is up for vote in late April. Join the efforts to let Congress know that widespread tracking of your personal information and online activities with zero accountability from the government is unacceptable. Tweet at #CongressTMI and #CISPA with examples of what you do online that the government has no business meddling in.