top
Newswire
Calendar
Features
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Thu Apr 19 2012 (Updated 04/22/12)
Privacy Groups Seek to Stop Cyber Spying Legislation
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act Comes to a Vote Soon
Congress is currently considering HR 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, a bill that purports to protect the United States from “cyber threats”. This legislation would create a gaping loophole in all existing privacy laws. If CISPA, as the bill is called, passes, companies could vacuum up huge swaths of data on everyday internet users and share it with government agencies without a court order.

Internet privacy groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Free Press say that CISPA uses dangerously vague language to define the breadth of data that can be shared with the government. It would hand the reins of America’s cybersecurity defenses to the National Security Agency and allow data shared with the government to be used for purposes unrelated to cybersecurity.

Corporations including Facebook and Microsoft say they support the bill; Facebook is coming under criticism from many of its users for doing so. The House plans to bring CISPA to a vote in the coming weeks.

Draconian Cyber Security Bills | Raging Grannies Call Out Facebook on its Support of CISPAl | Stop Cyber Spying: A Week of Action Against CISPA
01/16/19 Teachers Striking in LA and Promising to Strike in Oakland If Funding Needs Not Met Front Page | Labor & Workers | Education & Student Activism | East Bay | California01/15/19 West Oakland Gentrification Claims Yet Another Casualty as Qilombo Forced Out Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | Health, Housing & Public Services | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | Arts + Action | East Bay01/14/19 Millions of Public Housing and Section 8 Renters at Risk If Shutdown Continues Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Labor & Workers | San Francisco | East Bay | U.S. | Government & Elections | Immigrant Rights01/13/19 Once the Most Abundant Fish in the Delta, Smelt Numbers Dangerously Decreasing Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections01/13/19 Santa Rosa Park Built in Andy Lopez' Honor, Civil Settlement Reached for 2013 Murder Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | North Bay / Marin01/11/19 Kevin Cooper: My Thoughts on Governor Brown's Executive Order Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | North Bay / Marin | California01/08/19 Oakland Remembers Oscar Grant on Tenth Anniversary of His Murder Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | East Bay01/04/19 Without Rebellions and Protests, Oscar Grant Would Have Received Little Justice Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | East Bay | U.S. | Government & Elections12/29/18 Berkeley's Historic People's Park Facing Attacks from Police and Tree Cutters Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing & Public Services | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | Education & Student Activism | East Bay12/28/18 Pan-African Celebration Includes Principles of Cooperative Work and Collective Economics Front Page | Racial Justice | Health, Housing & Public Services | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | Central Valley | California | International12/25/18 Israelis Steal Land for New Settlement in Bethlehem While Gazan Christians Denied Access Front Page | International | Palestine