Cyber security is important not just for companies, but for us as internet users. It allows us to safely shop online, send emails, and pay our bills.
But a privacy-destroying bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, is set for a vote on Thursday. CISPA would allow for theunlimited sharing of personal data amongst and between private companies and the government, without a single safeguard for privacy or civil liberties. If CISPA passes, it will set a dangerous precedent for the rest of the world.
Technology companies who are currently supporting CISPA, like AT&T, Facebook, Microsoft, and Verizon, should be protecting us from cyber security attacks but not through these methods. What we need to do is convince them of something we already know: Protecting us against cyber threats should be a priority but should not come at the expense of our civil liberties.
That’s why we’re writing an urgent open letter to the nearly 30 companies supporting CISPA, asking them to stand up for the rights of their users and drop their support of the CISPA. Sign the petition and we’ll deliver these letters to all the companies supporting CISPA before Thursday.
UPDATE: The White House has threatened to veto CISPA, saying that “cybersecurity and privacy are not mutually exclusive.” House voting on Friday - keep signing the petition!