Contact FreedomWorks

400 North Capitol Street, NW
Suite 765
Washington, DC 20001

  • Toll Free 1.888.564.6273
  • Local 202.783.3870

Blog

    Congress to Vote on Dangerous Bills During Cyber Week

    During the upcoming Cyber Week, Congress may vote on numerous so-called cyber security bills. Here are details on several bills that Congress may be debating soon: 

    Cyber Security Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) 

    CISPA  would encourage private companies such as Google and Facebook to share your private information with the federal government. If it becomes law, the National Security Agenda (NSA) could be reading your emails or looking through your Internet browsing history—without a warrant. You will not be notified that a company has given your private information to the federal government. 

    Clearly, this bill violates our fourth amendment right to privacy. The language of the bill says that companies must only share “cyber security threat information.” But it does not clearly define what that means. 

    There is possibility that a company could—accidentally or intentionally—send your extremely personal details to federal agencies. CISPA protects companies from any lawsuits for monitoring, storing, and sharing private information with the federal government. 

    The new version CISPA is slightly less bad than last year’s version but it is still is a violation of our constitutional rights. 

    Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CFAA)

    The CFAA is an anti-hacking law that was originally passed in 1984 and has been amended multiple times. Congress is set to vote on a new version of the law soon that would criminalize everyday Internet activities. The new CFAA proposal makes up new crimes, and increases penalties for violations. 

    The law may have had good intentions of protecting U.S. networks against malicious attacks, but the broad and vague language of the bill is problematic. Under the law, it would become illegal to create a fake social networking profile (even for your pets), give someone else your Facebook password, not tell the truth about your weight on dating website, or break the Terms and Conditions of a website. 

    Do you always read the Terms and Conditions before agreeing to them? Likely not—but it could cost you if the new CFAA becomes law. 

    Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)

    ECPA is a technology privacy law that was originally passed in 1986. Technology has changed significantly since the 1980’s and the law is drastically out of date. Under the ECPA, emails that are older than 180 days or have been opened, can be read by the federal government with just a simple subpoena. That means that the IRS can read your private messages without even needing a warrant.

    According to Slate, "
    ECPA 2013, authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, would ensure authorities have to obtain a search warrant to get access to emails no matter how old. It would also require the government to notify an individual whose electronic communications have been disclosed within 10 days of obtaining a search warrant."

    We are waiting on more details to see how Congress plans to reform ECPA.

    Be sure to contact your representatives to tell them how you feel about each bill!

    8 comments
    Connor Kaeb
    04/15/2013

    Stand up for your Constitutional rights! Like our Facebook page for more information.
    http://www.facebook.com/yourrightsmatter

    David Voinier
    04/15/2013

    Just wait until they install CCTV camera systems like London has! They will be able to track
    your every move. Right now I understand that Homeland Security has the right to stick a GPS tracker on your vehicle if you are a suspect to be watched! What does that mean?

    Are all of us Patriots going to be tracked?

    John Muntz
    04/15/2013

    This is at least a day late & more than a dollar short! Just the other day, I saw where the IRS can search ALL your online 'profiles', & read your E-Mails to search for tax cheat evidence

    Judy Doorn
    04/15/2013

    Google and FB have been the worst protectors against identity theft and yet they would be giving info that probably was a result of identity theft..ie several Christian friends whose identity was stolen & now google "blocks" them when an unknown hacker has used their identity!

    Nancy Misasi
    04/15/2013

    Tonight Fox has a special on the new data center they are building out in Utah and how they "date mine" everything. Some guy from NSA said "we won't collect personal information on citizens or violate your privacy rights" oh yeah, you believe him? They will no everything we do, watch and write. They showed how our TV providers know when we change channels and what we watch! Big Brother is watching us.... beware! If we do not stop them we will have no rights left at all.

    Tom Hoe
    04/14/2013

    What more will the Congress screw up? Appears everything for control,enough!
    T.H.

    Philip Hathaway
    04/14/2013

    The feds want so much control over every individual in tbis Great Nation. They want to conpletely destroy any act of privacy we have by any means possible. What is it going to take for the feds to realize that we will fight four our freedoms, the very ones that our forfathers set to form a FREE Nation. So there shouldn't be power and control issues. I EILL FIGHT FOR THIS GREAT NATION AGAINST ANY TERRORIST FORIEGN ANF

    Philip Hathaway
    04/14/2013

    "I WILL FIGHT FOR THIS GREAT NATION AGAINST ANY TERRORIST FORIEGN AND/OR DOMESTIC"

    Pages