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Ask Your Representative to Vote NO on CISPA

Please call and ask your U.S. Representative to OPPOSE H.R. 3523, The Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 or CISPA, one of several bills to be considered in the U.S. House of Representatives during “Cybersecurity Week” starting April 23, 2012. Look up and call your U.S. Representative here and look up his or her twitter handle here.

Ask your representative to vote NO on CISPA because it:

  • Does not limit the use of the shared information to cybersecurity;
  • Does not adequately define “cybersecurity” related information;
  • Does not limit needless data collection and retention; and it
  • Does trump all existent federal, state and local records retention laws, including the 48 state library record confidentiality laws;

ALA is concerned that essentially all private electronic communications could be obtained by the government and used for many purposes — and not just for cybersecurity activities.  H.R. 3523 would permit, even require ISPs and other entities to monitor all electronic communications and share personal information with the government without effective oversight just by claiming the sharing is for “cybersecurity purposes.”

In this proposal the National Security Agency (NSA), would be able to indefinitely retain and use the shared information for other purposes.  The NSA could even share the information with other federal agencies and local law enforcement, even with entities concerned with intellectual property.

The consequences for library users are also inherent to cloud computing, higher education networks, privatized libraries and networks, and network/vendor contracts – whether intended or not.

For more information, vist our CISPA web page

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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