We ran across this article through a link on Facebook of all places, that talks about the new CISPA(Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act HR-3523) bill that is making its way through the US Congress right now. If you didn’t like SOPA or ACTA, you really won’t like CISPA, which could potentially lead to the sharing of all private Internet activity with the government without the need for a court order, or even notification to you that the government has requested the information. The type of information would include: all of the web sites you go to on your Verizon FIOS connection or your Brighthouse Cable connection as well as all of the emails you send and all of your facebook activity, to name a few.
You can only imagine what government officials that aspire to be Big Brother, like our very own Mayor Bill Foster, would do with this kind of unchecked power. Any governmental law enforcement organization could make these information requests based upon no evidence of wrong-doing, and without having to convince a judge to issue a court order. And what happens if the request was made in error, or there is a case of mistaken identity? Nothing, this bill absolves the companies of all liability for violations of privacy.
So what can you do to prevent this bill from becoming law? Call, write and email your US Congress person and tell them to vote NO on HR 3523, and spread the word on facebook, twitter and the blogosphere about CISPA, and why it needs to be defeated.
St. Petersburg US Congress Representative Websites:
C.W. Bill Young – Florida’s 10th congressional district
Kathy Castor – Florida’s 11th congressional district
Cross-posted with permission of Bob Wilson of the Bill Foster Watch.