Target: Members of U.S. Congress
Goal: Don’t allow corporations to share users’ private data with the government without consent
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has been reintroduced to the Congressional House of Representatives after it failed to pass last year. The CISPA bill, if passed, would allow companies to tap into information channels they deemed a “threat”, including information shared across private channels. Once acquired, this data could be sent to various government agencies such as the National Security Agency without the consent of the original sender. Furthermore, the bill would also protect said companies from any legal repercussions on behalf of an individual user’s privacy rights.
While CISPA was intended to help larger companies fight back against hackers and cyber terrorists, the bill’s vague and broad use of language combined with its lack of protection clauses for individual privacy rights led tens of thousands of concerned users to oppose the bill. Despite being defeated last year, the CISPA bill has once again been put up for consideration by Congress. Sadly, none of the original language from last year’s version of the bill has changed.
Organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) were integral in defeating the bill the first time it came around and they have once again taken up the call for support. Joined by other online organizations such as the Fight for the Future group, the EFF is urging anyone who cares about their online privacy to send a message to their State Representatives, requesting that they oppose the bill. Help bolster their support by signing this petition urging Congress to defeat the bill a second time.
Dear U.S. Congressmen and women,
While I understand that this country’s national businesses and infrastructure deserve to be protected by cyber-threats, I also believe that passing the CISPA bill would do more harm than good. This country was founded on principals that are meant to protect the rights of the individual but the CISPA bill would allow companies to circumvent and, if they so chose, outright defy those rights.
By signing this petition, I am asking you to do one of two things: If you’re already in opposition of the CISPA bill, I am urging you to help support other like-minded members of Congress. If you are for the bill, I am merely asking you to reconsider your position and to think for a moment about the importance of individual rights.
[Your Name Here]
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