By April 13, 2012

House Intelligence Committee Starts Its Pro-CISPA Twitter Campaign

Earlier this week I wrote about how CISPA is the new SOPA.

Now the House Intelligence Committee is starting a Twitter campaign that says CISPA keeps government hands off the internet.

They’re lying. Read and decide yourself.

Rogers-Ruppersberger #cyber bill keeps the federal govt’s hands off the Internet, & doesn’t allow the govt to stop access to websites

Wrong. The entire point of CISPA is to give every federal agency and company that already has its hands on the internet more information and more power. After all, why work to create an internet bill that does nothing?

#CISPA includes provisions to ensure info can’t be shared with the govt or used under this bill unless there’s a direct tie to cybersecurity

Right. Except that the data provided can be used by the government for the purposes of cybersecurity or national security. A much broader provision.

#CISPA is completely voluntary; no one is required to change anything about what they do today as a result of the legislation

Cute. But if you do happen to “share” information with the government, the government will be more than happy to return the favor.

In addition, CISPA eliminates existing privacy protections, because as soon as a company deems its data falls under “cyber threat information”, it can turn it over to the government without worrying about any other laws. In effect, CISPA offers a “get out of jail” free card to its participants.

And what was that exact definition of “cyber threat information” and “cybersecurity” again?

…the bill defines “cyber threat intelligence” and “cybersecurity purpose” to include “theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property, or personally identifiable information.”

That’s right. Threats to “intellectual property” are a national security issue. And what can we do about those?

Nothing in #CISPA provides any authorities requiring companies to take content off the Internet or to stop access to websites.

Double-talk. While the bill itself does not have any provisions relating to blocking website access, it creates clear provisions for the government to give data to Homeland Security — the people who already seize websites on behalf of the RIAA and MPAA.

The law also allows the MPAA or other private entity to tell the government when their ongoing — and now legal — monitoring of Internet traffic indicates that the theft or misappropriation of intellectual property is taking place.

The “government information” clause also provides for takedowns of “sensitive” information, such as that recently provided by Wikileaks, or other inconvenient or sensitive information that might be provided to sites by government watchdogs or whistleblowers.

Once again we face the same SOPA-like measures that can be used to chill public discussion and censor free speech.

We shouted down SOPA, and asked for open discussion of the issues. What we got instead were more back room dealings, lies, and double-talk.

We need to stop this nonsense, and while we’re at it, we also need to stop the back door approach to passing legislation…

Don’t just read about this. Take a moment and use the EFF’s automated system to call or email your representative now. Stop CISPA.

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