17 February 2013

Support: No To CISPA, Yes to Internet Freedom!

Not again! Support NO to CISPA! CISPA(Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) is a new proposed law in US (a Law that may have the same content in SOPA - Stop Online Piracy Act). The said law shall share information between US government and companies.

So your browsing activity will be shared to the US government and corporations to check and to help them investigate cyber threats. Is is fair for the mere users? How about privacy? Confidentiality? Civil rights and liberties?

That is why i don't support this proposed law as same with SOPA and PIPA.


Why would the government passed such law? In the Philippines, it is not exempted, in fact, it is approved such controversial law - the RA 10175... and many netizens opposed it, RA 10175 or Cyber Crime Law. Despite of being passed and signed by the President, it is still in debate and many critics fight for the rights of every Filipino citizens. Though, Supreme Court extended the TRO(Temporary Restraining Order), i still hope cyber crime law shall amend to the benefit of every Filipino.

Author of CISPA

It was on November 30, 2011 when US Representative Michael Rogers (R-MI) and with 111 co-sponsors introduced the proposed law CISPA(Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) . One April 26, 2012, it was passed in the House of Representatives.

CISPA Content

H.R. 3523 Discussion Draft - U.S. House of Representatives - November 29, 2011.  Access February 17, 2013.
"information in the possession of an element of the intelligence community directly pertaining to a vulnerability of, or threat to, a system or network of a government or private entity, including information pertaining to the protection of a system or network from either 'efforts to degrade, disrupt, or destroy such system or network'; or 'theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property, or personally identifiable information."
Several Amendments:
"Discussion Draft HR 3523". US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Access February 17, 2013.
"to permit federal lawsuits against the government for any violation of restrictions placed on the government’s use of voluntarily shared information, including the important privacy and civil liberties protections contained in the bill," the inclusion of an anti-tasking provision to "explicitly prohibit the government from conditioning its sharing of cyber threat intelligence on the sharing of private sector information with the government," and the prevention of the government from using the information for "any other lawful purpose unless the government already has a significant cybersecurity or national security purpose in using the information." Relevant provisions were also clarified to "focus on the fact that the bill is designed to protect against unauthorized access to networks or systems, including unauthorized access aimed at stealing private or government information"
Corp. Supporters to CISPA
  • Microsoft
  • Facebook
  • United States Chamber of Commerce
Source: Hayley Tsukayama (27 April 2012). "CISPA: Who’s for it, who’s against it and how it could affect you".Washington Post. Accessed February 17, 2013.


Opposition to CISPA Groups
While big Corporations support this bill, there are millions netizens and large groups to oppose the said proposed law, the following groups that oppose the bill.

The advocates of Internet Privacy and Civil Liberties.
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • the American Civil Liberties Union
  • Avaaz.org
Hopes to Forbid CISPA
According to News and other blogsites, President Obama may VETO it because his advisers said the proposed bill lacks privacy, confidentiality and civil liberty.

Final comments:
If somehow this bill has been approved and duly signed by the President, we don't know how and when the US government and/or companies check our browsing activity. And this may be the potential new power to those on the said companies and government, not to investigate hacker but the sole purpose of monitoring general public.

NO TO CISPA!

Sources found at this link.

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