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Stop Cyber Spying: A Week of Action Against CISPA
by Ruth Robertson
Tuesday Apr 17th, 2012 5:14 PM
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act threatens civil liberties
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Stop Cyber Spying: A Week of Action Against CISPA
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act Threatens Civil Liberties

The goal of Stop Cyber Spying Week is to get Congress to back off of cybersnooping legislation that sacrifices the civil liberties of internet users.

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act threatens civil liberties in many ways. The bill would carve out huge exemptions to privacy law and allow companies to share private user data with the government without any judicial oversight.

CISPA critics including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and FreePress.net say it contains few limits on how and when the government may monitor private information. Few safeguards are included as to how the personal data may be used and such new powers are likely to be used to find and punish file sharers rather than foreign spies or hackers.

Facebook is supporting CISPA and making promises they won't necessaily keep about protecting their users' data. Corporations can run amok should this legislation pass, abusing their users' private data.

What you can do. Get the word out via the internet: blog it, write about it, act out! Contact your congressional representative. Go to EFF (link here) or visit FreePress.net for more information on how you can act. Do it now, during the week of action.