Wednesday, April 25, 2012

CISPA and the president

CISPA Is Up For Vote This Week: Help Kill It Now

We're making a big difference: As lawmakers get ready to vote on CISPA, the bill's sponsors have agreed to amend the legislation to constrain what the government can do with the information it uses CISPA to collect.

But those changes don't go far enough.

We need lawmakers to support any and all amendments that would protect Internet users' privacy AND to vote against CISPA as a whole.

We're nearly out of time: Please add your name at right to email your lawmakers right away.

CISPA would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States. You can read more about it here.

Many lawmakers share our concerns about CISPA and will introduce amendments to minimize its negative impact on ordinary Internet users. We need to get their backs and encourage others to support their efforts.

Click here to sign petition.

Obama Threatens To Veto CISPA: Encourage Him To Stand Strong

This is HUGE: President Obama just threatened to veto CISPA if it makes its way through Congress.

Please add your name at right to urge Obama to stand strong, and to let your lawmakers know that you support Obama's veto threat.

CISPA is up for a vote this week. It would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States, giving the government -- including the military -- broad new powers to spy on Internet users.

The White House's letter expresses precisely the concerns that we've been highlighting over recent weeks -- and is a result of the public pressure against CISPA:

The White House says that any cybersecurity legislation must preserve "Americans' privacy, data confidentiality, and civil liberties and [recognize] the civilian nature of cyberspace."

It says that, "The bill also lacks sufficient limitations on the sharing of personally identifiable information between private entities and does not contain adequate oversight or accountability measures necessary to ensure that the data is used only for appropriate purposes."

And the letter goes on to assert that:

The American people expect their Government to enhance security without undermining their privacy and civil liberties.

Without clear legal protections and independent oversight, information sharing legislation will undermine the public's trust in the Government as well as in the Internet by undermining fundamental privacy, confidentiality, civil liberties, and consumer protections.

Click here to sign the petition.

Obama didn't have a record to run on before now he can run as the anti-CISPA candidate.

I guess with Obama's help we can beat this thing so let's send those emails.

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