SOFTWARE FIRM Mozilla has staked its tent in the campground of organisations that are opposing CISPA.
Last week we reported on three firms that were not opposing the US Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) and attempts from internet freedom advocacy group Fight for the Future to light a fire under them.
This week we notice that Mozilla has started linking to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) anti-CISPA statement and promoting its belief in internet freedom on Twitter.
We believe that the Web shouldn’t be subject to any restrictions! What do you love about #netfreedom?— Firefox (@firefox) April 14, 2013
"Defend internet privacy" says the note underneath the search box on the Firefox startpage, "Help defeat CISPA by taking action today."
This links to a long warning about the dangers of CISPA that comes courtesy of the EFF and has the support of the Internet Defence League.
Evan Greer, campaign manager for Fight for the Future and the IDL, welcomed the link, saying, "Mozilla has been a great ally on this."
Greer said that a number of other sites are also opposing CISPA, including Reddit, Namecheap, 4chan, and Duck Duck Go.
Mozilla is not new to the anti-CISPA lobby and back in February it was calling on the technology community to weigh in with its views on how CISPA could harm civil liberties.
"With the accumulation of digital user data and preferences held by service providers and the reality that increased cyber-attacks also jeopardize user privacy, it seems that the tensions between national security and human rights/civil liberties will again be tested," said Harvey Anderson, SVP for business and legal affairs at Mozilla in a cautionary blog post.
"It's also unclear that this kind of sharing will really make a difference, so it seems the technical community needs to weigh in further. My hope is that there's a reasonable balance that doesn't cost users too much in the way of privacy to achieve the stated security goals."
The US House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on CISPA this week. The EFF has released a tool that makes it easy for US citizens to contact their representatives and voice their opposition. Those outside of the US are asked to fill out a letter addressed to President Obama that asks him to veto the bill.
The last time one of these controversial pieces of legislation hauled itself into view, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), information technology firms rushed forward in droves to express their opposition to it. So far the big names in IT have not been forthcoming in rejecting CISPA. µ
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