Web Campaign to Protect Your Privacy from “Cybersecurity”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is campaigning this week against cybersecurity legislation known as “CISPA.” That’s H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011.
It’s a little bit like SOPA, the wildly unpopular copyright enforcement bill that would have broken the Internet. This time, though, it’s privacy problems.
In its haste to “do something” about cybersecurity, most of the cybersecurity bills being debated in Congress would break our privacy protections. “Information sharing” provisions in the bills would break down all legal protections for privacy. Companies could give our personal data and communications information to the National Security Agency or the Department of Homeland Security for any reason or no reason, so long as it was plausibly related to “cybersecurity.” And there would be no legal recourse if they violated privacy.
The EFF campaign is using Twitter to contact members of Congress. Many of our representatives have Twitter handles now, which they use to communicate in short bursts to their constituents. And to be communicated to!
Below you’ll find a handy tool to figure out the Twitter handle of your member of Congress. So why not join the modern age of Internet communications and use it! You might do some good for privacy (and cybersecurity) in the process.
And here’s the current vote on CISPA. Click to vote, comment, learn more, or edit the wiki article on the bill.