Targets: Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
Goal: Oppose legislation that would allow U.S. Government to collect private information posted on the Internet
Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) have proposed a redrafted version of last year’s Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). Senator Feinstein said that the new legislation would be used to “facilitate the sharing of cyber related information among companies and with the government and to provide protection from liability” in a recent statement to Mother Jones. Following the Edward Snowden leaks earlier this year, the public’s outcry against a bill that would allow further surveillance and offenses to Americans’ privacy prompted many Senators to swiftly put an end to the bill. Now, it has returned and must not be passed.
It has not yet been established how specifically this new legislation differs from older versions, but past drafts of CISPA have been criticized for their unclear limitations regarding what and how much can be shared with the government; we can expect similar broad language in the current bill. Senator Feinstein insists that privacy protection measures will be instituted and that the goal of this bill is to protect companies from cyber attacks and threats, yet representatives from both Senators’ offices refused to comment on whether or not anti-privacy language had been removed from the new legislation.
Anti-Internet privacy advocates, especially those in the Republican camp, have shown early support for the bill. This legislation is in its early days, but strides must be taken to ensure that our government knows that we oppose the massive surveillance program it has built and are passionate about our right to privacy. Sign your name below and speak out against the U.S. government’s ability to read your emails and collect other personal or private information.
Senators Saxby Chambliss and Dianne Feinstein,
We the undersigned stand in stark opposition to your newly proposed and redrafted version of CISPA. It has been thoroughly demonstrated that the United States government systematically collects private information from its citizens and we cannot stand for further offenses to our right to privacy.
Unless your bill clearly states what and how much information would be shared with security agencies, not to mention who will perform due diligence and ensure that the integrity of the laws are upheld, it is hard to imagine that this legislation will not be abused. Cyber threats are a real and pressing security issue, but they should not be used as a platform to advance anti-privacy legislation. We do not support a bill that would expose hardworking, everyday Americans to further undeserved scrutiny, which would clearly violate our constitutional right to privacy.
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