Here it Comes – CISPA – We Need Action – Fast!

I received the following message from AVAAZ:-

“Dear friends,
Right now, the US is poised to pass a new law that would permit US agents to spy on almost everything we do online. But we can stop them before the final vote.

Companies that we trust with our personal information, like Microsoft and Facebook, are key supporters of this bill that lets corporations share all user activity and content with US government agents without needing a warrant in the name of cyber-security — nullifying privacy guarantees for almost everyone around the world, no matter where we live and surf online.

If enough of us speak out, we can stop companies that profit from our business from supporting cyber-spying. Sign the petition to these key net corporations now:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_cispa_corporate_global/?vl

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) would allow companies doing business in the US to collect exact records of all of our online activities and hand them over to the US government, without ever notifying us that we are being watched. No warrant, no legal cause and no due process required. To make matters worse, the bill provides the government and corporations with blanket immunity to protect them from being sued for violation of privacy and other illegal actions.

The bill’s supporters claim that consumer information will be protected, but the reality is that huge loopholes would make everything we do online fair game — and nowadays, from banking to shopping, our private information is all stored on the Internet.

CISPA is being moved forward in Congress and will be voted upon in days. Let’s raise a massive outcry to stop corporations from giving the US a blank check to monitor our every move. This year, we helped stop SOPA, PIPA and ACTA — all dire threats to the Internet. Now, let’s block CISPA and end the US government attack on our Internet.

WIth hope and determination,
Dalia, Allison, Emma, Ricken, Rewan, Andrew, Wen-Hua, and the rest of the Avaaz team

More information:

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyber_Intelligence_Sharing_and_Protection_Act

CISPA: The internet finds a new enemy (Global Post)
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/cispa-the-internet-finds-new-enemy-sopa

CISPA protests begin amid key changes to legislation (Los Angeles Times)
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-cispa-protests-begin-amid-key-changes-to-legislation-20120416,0,5314596.story

Cybersecurity Bill FAQ: The Disturbing Privacy Dangers in CISPA and How To Stop It (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/04/cybersecurity-bill-faq-disturbing-privacy-dangers-cispa-and-how-you-stop-it

New CISPA Draft Narrows Cybersecurity Language as Protests Loom (Mashable)
http://news.yahoo.com/cispa-draft-narrows-cybersecurity-language-protests-loom-134202431.html”

White House questions CISPA cybersecurity bill
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57415581-281/white-house-questions-cispa-cybersecurity-bill/

CISPA Author Rogers: China’s Cyber ‘Predators’ Must Be Stopped
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/04/17/cispa-author-rogers-chinas-cyber-predators-must-be-stopped

Even worse than SOPA: New CISPA cybersecurity bill will censor the Web
http://rt.com/usa/news/cispa-bill-sopa-internet-175/

CISPA Monitoring Bill: Changes Proposed, but Unlikely to Pacify Critics
http://www.pcworld.com/article/253948/cispa_monitoring_bill_changes_proposed_but_unlikely_to_pacify_critics.html

Please find somewhere to make your voice heard!

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