CISPA Is Not Dead

Visit Fight For The Future and CISPA Is Back for an overview and actions you can take, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation for background on the bill since it passed the House and what happens next as it moves to the Senate.

Meantime, the White House responded to an anti-CISPA petition signed by over 100,000 people with – in part – the following:

The White House issued a veto threat for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) on April 16, because the legislation did not fully address our core concerns (especially the protection of privacy). Even though a bill went on to pass the House of Representatives and includes some important improvements over previous versions, this legislation still doesn’t adequately address our fundamental concerns…

…There is broad consensus on the need for more threat-related information sharing – including among the leading privacy advocates we regularly engage on the issue. The essential question on which people across the spectrum disagree isn’t if we can share cybersecurity information and preserve the principles of privacy and liberty that make the United States a free and open society – but how.

Related: Here’s something to chew on, via Wired:

A secretive federal court last year approved all of the 1,856 requests to search or electronically surveil people within the United States “for foreign intelligence purposes,” the Justice Department reported this week.

The report, released Tuesday to Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader from Nevada, provides a brief glimpse into the caseload of what is known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. None of its decisions are public.

The 2012 figures represent a 5 percent bump from the prior year, when no requests were denied either.

Image: Via CISPA Is Back. Select to embiggen.

Remember CISPA? It’s back with a brand new name (CISA):

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.

Here’s a petition you can sign to oppose this terrible bill—we’ve stopped it before, and we can stop it again.

“HELLO CISPA!!! Who takes the internet takes the universe. But bad news, censorship because guess who. HA!

Listen, you lot! You’re all whizzing about! It’s really very distracting. Could you all just stay still a minute, because I! AM! TALKING!

Now the question of the hour is, "Who’s got the internet?” Answer: The people do. Next question: Who’s coming to take it from us?

Come on! Look at us! No plan, no back-up, no weapons worth a damn! Oh, and something else we don’t have: ANYTHING TO LOSE! So, if you’re sitting over there in your silly, little law room with all your silly, little laws, and you’ve got any plans on taking the internet today, just remember who’s standing in your way! Remember every black day we ever rallied against you and then, and then, do the smart thing: Let somebody else try first.“

sign the petition here : [x]

The next step for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, after passing by a 288 to 127 margin in the House, is a Senate vote. However, the Senate has yet to debate the bill and has given no indication that the proposal is a priority, as major issues including gun control and immigration linger in the national consciousness.

and later:

US President Barack Obama threatened to veto CISPA in 2012 and, citing privacy concerns, has kept his position with the current language of the bill. If CISPA overcomes the odds in the Senate, a presidential veto would again doom the law to months of debate in the House.

i need not remind anyone that it takes a 2/3 majority in both houses of congress to override a presidential veto, nor do i need to remind anyone that currently the senate’s ideological composition is split 55-45 in favor of the democrats, who absolutely will not override a veto from a president of their own party

cispa is not going anywhere. it’s dead in the water. and it would be rad if everyone spent their hard-earned political hysteria on things that actually matter

CISPA is back with a new name, and it's even more dangerous to Americans' privacy

Remember CISPA?  It was the internet spying bill that would give the NSA even more access to American’s private internet conversations without search warrants. The bill got stalled in Congress after major outrage from privacy groups (both left and right) as well as hundreds of major internet corporations who went to bat for their customers.  

Well, CISPA is back…and with a new name: CISA (aren’t they just so creative?)   

from ACLU:

The bill would create a massive loophole in our existing privacy laws by allowing the government to ask companies for “voluntary” cooperation in sharing information, including the content of our communications, for cybersecurity purposes. But the definition they are using for the so-called “cybersecurity information” is so broad it could sweep up huge amounts of innocent Americans’ personal data.

The Fourth Amendment protects Americans’ personal data and communications from undue government access and monitoring without suspicion of criminal activity. The point of a warrant is to guard that protection. CISA would circumvent the warrant requirement by allowing the government to approach companies directly to collect personal information, including telephonic or internet communications, based on the new broadly drawn definition of “cybersecurity information.”

While we hope many companies would jealously guard their customers’ information, there is a provision in the bill that would excuse sharers from any liability if they act in “good faith” that the sharing was lawful.

Collected information could then be used in criminal proceedings, creating a dangerous end-run around laws like the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which contain warrant requirements.

In addition to the threats to every American’s privacy, the bill clearly targets potential government whistleblowers. Instead of limiting the use of data collection to protect against actual cybersecurity threats, the bill allows the government to use the data in the investigation and prosecution of people for economic espionage and trade secret violations, and under various provisions of the Espionage Act.

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It’s time to get on the phone and start forcing members of Congress to publicly commit to opposing this bill. 

If you’ve never contacted your Congressman or Senator before, it’s never too late to start.

This is the number for the Congressional switchboard: (202) 224-3121

This link contains the phone numbers of every member of Congress

Here are the social media contacts every member of the Senate.

Here are the social media contacts for every member of the House.

You’ve got the tools…now get to work!

We all remember the outrage that swept the Internet and ultimately played a role in defeating CISPA, a proposed law that would have allowed government agencies and tech companies to exchange private information about United States citizens without their knowledge and without a warrant. Well, it’s time to get ready for another round of outrage because CISPA’s controversial successor is now a step closer to becoming law.

See the full infographic and learn more about CISPA here.  Today there’s apparently something of a half-hearted internet blackout to oppose CISPA — and don’t get me wrong: I love the idea, but this particular blackout seems to be woefully misinformed. One of the main images people are using totally confuses what CISPA does (information sharing without warrant, permission, any regard for liberty and privacy, etc.) with what SOPA would have done (shutting down websites because of alleged copyright infringements). So, if you’re participating in today’s blackout, a few things:
  1. Don’t use this inaccurate image. We’re not going to stop CISPA by confusing people about what it does.
  2. Use one of the images above, which are chopped from this great infographic (or, if you’re handy with Photoshop, make your own).
  3. Don’t expect a lot of corporate support this time. Unlike SOPA, CISPA has comparatively few big-name opponents. 
  4. We’ll soon be taking this fight to the Senate. Click here for links to contact your Senators via multiple avenues.

Its sole purpose is to allow private sector firms to search personal and sensitive user data of ordinary US residents to identify this so-called “threat information”, and to then share that information with each other and the US government — without the need for a warrant.

By citing “cybersecurity”, it allows private firms to hand over private user data while circumventing existing privacy laws, such as the Wiretap Act and the Stored Communications Act. This means that CISPA can permit private firms to share your data, such as emails, text messages, and cloud-stored documents and files, with the US government.

basically, the government can look at every website you have visited, every email and text you’ve written, pictures, calendar dates, etc.. WITH NO WARRANT. So basically, for any reason they desire.

IF YOU CAN REBLOG THAT KONY BS, PLEASE REBLOG THIS ABOUT CISPA. I refuse to have my rights of privacy taken away

CISPA is all but dead, again.

The controversial cybersecurity bill known as the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act, which passed the House of Representatives last week, will almost certainly be shelved by the Senate, according to a representative of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

The bill would have allowed the federal government to share classified “cyber threat” information with companies, but it also provided provisions that would have allowed companies to share information about specific users with the government. Privacy advocates also worried that the National Security Administration would have gotten involved.

“We’re not taking [CISPA] up,” the committee representative says. “Staff and senators are divvying up the issues and the key provisions everyone agrees would need to be handled if we’re going to strengthen cybersecurity. They’ll be drafting separate bills.” […]

Say No to Internet Censorship

For the first time, actual Presidents and Prime Ministers of 12 powerful countries will meet behind closed doors to seal an extreme Internet censorship plan called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).1

We know from leaked drafts2 that the TPP will make the Internet more expensive, censored, and policed. Experts say, “kids could be sent to jail for downloading” and whole families could be kicked off the Internet.3

This final meeting is happening in a few days – Send decision-makers these three demands by filling out the form on this page before it’s too late.

This looks like our last chance to speak out against the huge damage the TPP will do to free expression online. Please send this crucial message by filling out this form.