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Internet and civil liberties groups coalesce to oppose CISPA

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act is not welcome
Tue Apr 17 2012, 16:10

A PIECE OF LEGISLATION in the US that seeks to follow in the lurching steps of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) is drawing determined opposition.

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) comes so soon after the rejection of SOPA and PIPA that you might think it is a joke. It is no joke, and a wide variety of groups have formed a coalition to oppose it.

The coalition includes Reporters without Borders and aims to spread awareness of the campaign against CISPA online through Twitter, using the hashtags #CongressTMI and #CISPA.

As we saw with SOPA and PIPA the coalition will also encourage letter writing and a series of articles that oppose and highlight the civil liberties harming elements of the bill. Other groups such as Anonymous are using other methods to oppose CISPA.

"Freedom of expression and the protection of online privacy are increasingly under threat in democratic countries, where a series of bills and draft laws is sacrificing them in the interests of national security or copyright," Reporters Without Borders said in a statement.

"A blanket monitoring system is never an appropriate solution. Reporters Without Borders opposes CISPA and asks Congress to reject this legislation."

Other notable members of the coalition include the SOPA, PIPA and ACTA opponents Avaaz, the American Civil Liberties Union, Access Now and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Like SOPA and PIPA, CISPA crosses a dangerous line when it comes to personal privacy, says the coalition, and it is written using "dangerously vague language" to define what data can be collected and shared with the government and when.

The coalition warns that CISPA will hand over responsibility for protecting America's cyber security to the National Security Agency (NSA), a highly secretive and unaccountable US government spying operation, as well as internet service providers, telecom and media content companies, and private for-profit intelligence corporations. µ


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