CISPA is back! The dangerous bill would void all current Internet privacy laws to allow companies to share your private information (including emails and Internet browsing history!) with the National Security Agency (NSA) without a warrant. The current bill does not require companies to make any reasonable efforts to strip out personal details from the information they share with the government.
CISPA grants companies immunity from civil and criminal liability. Companies could break privacy contracts that they made with customers to share private information unrelated to cyber security with the federal government. If this happens under CISPA, there is no legal action that customers may take. Breach of contract can be a serious issue and customers should be able to protect themselves.
According to Rep. Justin Amash’s (R-MI) twitter feed, “CIPSA destroys freedom of contract, prohibits companies from making legally binding commitment to users not to share personal data/e-mails.” Companies should be allowed to make legally binding promises to their customers that they will protect their privacy—but they won’t be able to under CISPA.
Supporters of the bill say that CISPA is voluntary. However, it is not voluntary for customers. We will have no idea what information companies are sharing with the federal government and we will not be able to choose a company that will legally guarantee our privacy.
CISPA is a net improvement over last year’s bill, it still leaves open concerns about private information being shared in the name of national security. This bill must be stopped to preserve the freedom of the Internet.
The vote should be around noon TODAY.
Click here to see our letter in opposition.
Click here to call your representative and tell him or her to vote NO!