Main Topic Privacy

House Passes CISPA Again, Resist it in the Senate

Yet again the House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), this time by a vote of 288 to 127. This time, some Congress members cravenly used the Marathon bombings as justification for passing CISPA.  The entire Massachusetts delegation did not vote as they were here due to Marathon bombing remembrance ceremonies last Thursday, but all voted against it last time and five of the nine voted against considering CISPA earlier.  Kennedy, Lynch, Markey, and Neals abstained.

We have long maintained that CISPA isn’t a cybersecurity bill at all. It is a spy on Americans bill.

This bill would obliterate our 4th Amendment rights on-line. Under CISPA, the government can ask your ISP to `voluntarily’ hand over everything you send over their network: your emails, downloads, web searches, account passwords. No warrant would be required, no judge would have to review their request to ensure that they have a reasonable reason for their request. Once the data is in the hands of one agency, it can end up being sent to any government agency or even a private company. Any company that hands over your data will not be held liable for its misuse. If you doubt that ISPs will willingly hand over your private Internet traffic, then please review the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program.

If this bill is passed in the Senate and not vetoed by President Obama, potentially anything you do on-line can be accessed by the government. While President Obama has said he will veto CISPA, he also said that about NDAA, and he signed that bill.

We have to kill this bill in the Senate! Please call or email both Massachusetts Senators and tell them to oppose CISPA and any other bills like it. The privacy you save may be your own.

1.  Contact your Senators

Elizabeth Warren
Facebook / @elizabethforma / (202) 224-4543

Mo Cowan
Facebook / @SenMoCowan / (202) 224-2742

Also, do not give up trying to contact our members of the US House.  If they voted against considering CISPA, please praise them for their action.  If they did not vote, please remind them to support your right to privacy by upholding the President’s veto and urging our Senators to stop CISPA.  Thank you!

1.  Contact the US Senate Candidates who are Congressmen

Stephen Lynch – Facebook / @LynchForSenate

Ed Markey – Facebook / @EdMarkey

3.  Contact your Congressperson

To find out who represents you in Congress, please visit Where Do I Vote MA and enter your address.

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