CISPA Is Not Dead
Visit Fight For The Future and CISPA Is Back for an overview and actions you can take, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation for background on the bill since it passed the House and what happens next as it moves to the Senate.
Meantime, the White House responded to an anti-CISPA petition signed by over 100,000 people with — in part — the following:
The White House issued a veto threat for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) on April 16, because the legislation did not fully address our core concerns (especially the protection of privacy). Even though a bill went on to pass the House of Representatives and includes some important improvements over previous versions, this legislation still doesn’t adequately address our fundamental concerns…
…There is broad consensus on the need for more threat-related information sharing — including among the leading privacy advocates we regularly engage on the issue. The essential question on which people across the spectrum disagree isn’t if we can share cybersecurity information and preserve the principles of privacy and liberty that make the United States a free and open society — but how.
Related: Here’s something to chew on, via Wired:
A secretive federal court last year approved all of the 1,856 requests to search or electronically surveil people within the United States “for foreign intelligence purposes,” the Justice Department reported this week.
The report, released Tuesday to Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader from Nevada, provides a brief glimpse into the caseload of what is known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. None of its decisions are public.
The 2012 figures represent a 5 percent bump from the prior year, when no requests were denied either.
Image: Via CISPA Is Back. Select to embiggen.
Stop CISPA: Save the Internet from the U.S.
Right now, the U.S. Congress is sneaking in a new law that gives them big brother spy powers over the entire web — and they’re hoping the world won’t notice. We helped stop their Net attack last time, let’s do it again.
Over 100 Members of Congress are backing a bill (CISPA) that would give private companies and the US government the right to spy on any of us at any time for as long as they want without a warrant. This is the third time the US Congress has tried to attack our Internet freedom. But we helped beat SOPA, and PIPA — and now we can beat this new Big Brother law.
Our global outcry has played a leading role in protecting the Internet from governments eager to monitor and control what we do online. Let’s stand together once again — and beat this law for good. Sign the petition then forward to everyone who uses the Internet! [Click]
Or contact your representatives through EFF.
It’s time to get pissed. The U.S. law that would turn Google, Facebook, and Twitter into legally immune government spies just passed the House.
We expected CISPA to pass; that’s why this spring, we’re going to organize the largest online privacy protest in history to make sure CISPA is gone for good.
And, in response to (Republican) Rep. Mike Rogers’ accusation that CISPA opponents are just “14 year-old tweeter[s] in the basement”, we thought we’d also challenge Rep. Rogers to get on live national television and debate a 14 year-old in a basement on CISPA. The search for the 14 year-old begins. Are you or do you know a 14 year-old who could totally school a congressman on this issue?
This bill affects everyone — not just U.S. citizens. Anyone with a Facebook account could now have their data shipped directly to the U.S. government. That’s why Internet users overwhelmingly oppose this bill. Over 1.5 million people signed petitions against it. But Congress didn’t listen.
Does this remind you of something? Yep, this is the exact position we were in with SOPA last year. Then the Internet rose up and we made history with the SOPA strike.
Join the largest online privacy protest in history to make sure CISPA goes the same route as SOPA and doesn’t become the law that breaks the 4th Amendment. Are you in?
CISPA threatens our most basic rights. Privacy is important not just for our security but for our rights to freedom of expression. The giant tech companies that stood with Internet users against SOPA are not going to help us this time (but some of the large sites like Mozilla, Imgur, and Reddit are all against CISPA and we love them).
Only a massive grassroots outcry will stop this bill. We’re starting to build the tools. But we need your help.
Can you share the flyer below on social media? And tell everyone you know to sign up to join the protest?
#CISPA #privacy remember when you had a wedgie over Instagram’s “terms of service” update? This is like an update to THE INTERNET’s “Terms Of Service.” Understand?
UPDATE: President Obama just threatened to veto CISPA! He echoes our privacy concerns, saying legislation must “(1) carefully safeguard privacy and civil liberties; (2) preserve the long-standing, respective roles and missions of civilian and intelligence agencies”.
Meanwhile, here’s what the bill’s sponsor is saying about the opposition, according to Hill reporter Brendan Sasso:
@BrendanSasso: Rogers says Silicon Valley CEOs support #CISPA.
** Describes opposition as 14 year olds in their basement. **
Demand Progress members have sent more than 150,000 emails to policy makers in opposition to CISPA this year — and it’s starting to work. But voting in the House of Representatives is still set to start (Wednesday).
In anticipation of a full House vote in the House on Wednesday, industry giant IBM has sent nearly 200 senior execs to Washington to lobby in support of CISPA.
And their intentions couldn’t be more clear. CISPA would empower them to share your private data with the military without a warrant — and they wouldn’t hesitate to do so.
Chris Padilla, IBM’s VP of governmental affairs told TheHill.com that IBM and other corporations ”should be able to work directly and share information directly” with the National Security Agency “because that’s where the expertise is.“
On Wednesday, CISPA 2.0 is up for a full vote in the House of Representatives. Please email your lawmakers to tell them to VOTE NO!
(This information comes from an email from “Demand Progress”.)
The controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passed a closed-door vote by the House Intelligence Committee by a wide margin and will now head to the House floor for a vote. Privacy advocates have decried the cybersecurity legislation — a barely modified version of the bill that failed in the Senate last year — which would give businesses and the federal government legal protection to share online data.
The Hill reported that a number of amendments supported by the bill’s sponsors were approved during markup, including a change that would require the government to remove personal information from “cyber threat” data they receive from private companies; and another change that would allow the government to use data from private companies for broad “national security purposes.” The final text of the bill heading to the House floor has not been made public. Meanwhile the White House has yet to respond to a “We the People” petition against CISPA, which has garnered over 100,000 online signatures (the number required to demand a response from the administration.) The EFF and the ACLU are, as noted here, working in conjunction to rally further opposition to the bill…… ….
Yeah guys this is still a thing even though everyone stopped reblogging it.
Petition to stop CISPA.
I promise this’ll be the last time I’ll post something about this on here. But if you need a reason to sign it, take a look.
We still need 20,000 signatures before friday of this upcoming week. But then I guess you plebs don’t care if the government and companies track your every move and use any and all private data they want to.
Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist
A flyer designed by the FBI and the Department of Justice to promote suspicious activity reporting in internet cafes lists basic tools used for online privacy as potential signs of terrorist activity. […] In fact, the flyer recommends that anyone “overly concerned about privacy” or attempting to “shield the screen from view of others” should be considered suspicious and potentially engaged in terrorist activities.
Viewing any content related to “military tactics” including manuals or “revolutionary literature”is also considered a potential indicator of terrorist activity. This would mean that viewing a number of websites, including the one you are on right now, could be construed by a hapless employee as an highly suspicious activity potentially linking you to terrorism.
However, many of the activities described in the document are basic practices of any individual concerned with security or privacy online.
From the flyer itself, suspicious persons are people who:
- Are overly concerned about privacy, attempts to shield the screen from view of others
- Act nervous or suspicious behavior inconsistent with activities
- Are observed switching SIM cards in cell phone or use of multiple cell phones
- Travel illogical distance to use Internet Café
(Wow this targets just about every socially anxious, poor, overloaded, or private person ever.)
And activities on computer indicate:
- Use of anonymizers, portals, or other means to shield IP address
- Suspicious or coded writings, use of code word sheets, cryptic ledgers, etc.
- Encryption or use of software to hide encrypted data in digital photos, etc.
- Suspicious communications using VOIP or communicating through a PC game
(Guess I’m a terrorist now for using KeyScrambler or LastPass, or for only talking to people in games we happen to share.)
And they use computers to:
- Download content of extreme/radical nature with violent themes
- Gather information about vulnerable infrastructure or obtain photos, maps or diagrams of transportation, sporting venues, or populated locations
- Purchase chemicals, acids, hydrogen peroxide, acetone, fertilizer, etc.
- Download or transfer files with “how-to” content such as:
- Content of extreme/radical nature with violent themes
- Anarchist Cookbook, explosives or weapons information
- Military tactics, equipment manuals, chemical or biological information
- Terrorist/revolutionary literature
- Preoccupation with press coverage of terrorist attacks
- Defensive tactics, police or government information
- Information about timers, electronics, or remote transmitters / receivers
(A tip for the future: Don’t use Internet Cafes if you are on vacation or lost, want news, need help with something you’ve purchased or something you use at work, need to buy something for the farm…)