"CISPA would permit, but not require, Internet companies to hand over confidential customer records and communications to the U.S. National Security Agency and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies." ~ CNET
Much like the Patriot Act, the bill will grant immunity to internet companies that share, or have shared, private user data with the government.
Proponents claim CISPA "protects privacy by prohibiting the government from requiring private sector entities to provide information."
Right, companies, who are reliant on the government laws to exist and will benefit from selling its data, will not share customer data when law enforcement comes calling with a check in hand for their fire hose.
The bill is rapidly advancing in the House, and is set for a vote this Friday. It remains to be seen if there’s a SOPA like outcry; however, Silicon Valley is not lobbying against the bill, but for it.
Facebook sticks out on this list of mostly defense companies and telecoms in supporting CISPA. Google is also a staunch supporter. The immunity is likely the chief attraction for these companies.
Ron Paul brought CISPA into the limelight recently, while Hillary Clinton said, “the Obama administration opposes CISPA.”
“Simply put, CISPA encourages some of our most successful internet companies to act as government spies, sowing distrust of social media and chilling communications in one segment of the world economy where Americans still lead.” ~ Ron Paul
Although you risk being put on some form of list, one can voice their opinion to their congressmen and senator on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s site.
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