Created on Thursday, 26 April 2012 14:50
Written by Democracy Now!
CISPA Critics Warn Cybersecurity Bill Will Increase Domestic Surveillance and Violate Privacy Rights
by Democracy Now!
As it heads toward a House vote, critics say the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)
would allow private internet companies like Google, Facebook and
Microsoft to hand over troves of confidential customer records and
communications to the National Security Agency, FBI and Department of Homeland Security, effectively legalizing a secret domestic surveillance program already run by the NSA.
Backers say the measure is needed to help private firms crackdown on
foreign entities — including the Chinese and Russian governments —
committing online economic espionage. The bill has faced widespread
opposition from online privacy advocates and even the Obama
administration, which has threatened a veto. "CISPA
… will create an exception to all existing privacy laws so that
companies can share very sensitive and personal information directly
with the government, including military agencies like the National
Security Agency," says Michelle Richardson, legislative counsel for the
American Civil Liberties Union. "Once the government has it, they can
repurpose it and use it for a number of things, including an undefined
national security use."