The ALA belongs to a coalition of Internet advocacy organizations and individuals that are launching a week of action to combat the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). Viewing CISPA as one of the greatest threats to Internet users since SOPA, the coalition intends to leverage popular outrage to oppose the dangerously broad cybersecurity bill.
The objectionable provisions of CISPA include:
- Eviscerating existing privacy laws by giving legal immunity to companies who share users’ private information, including the content of communications, with the government.
- Authorizing companies to disclose users’ data directly to the NSA, a military agency that operates secretly and without public accountability.
- Broad definitions that allow users’ sensitive personal information to be used for a range of purposes, including “national security,” not just computer and network security.
The coalition believes that legislation intended to enhance our computer and network security must not sacrifice long-standing civil liberties and protections. Some examples: Contact your Congressional Representatives, asking the White House to renew its promise to veto CISPA, tweeting (hashtags are #CISPA, #StopCISPA and #CISPAAlert).