That's what the US government and certain companies appear to be telling you with the latest bill before the US Congress, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. We all agree that cyber security is important for users. But this bill is a step in the wrong direction, because it allows for the unlimited sharing of personal data among private companies and the government, without a single safeguard for civil liberties.
We need to convince technology companies supporting CISPA, like AT&T, Facebook, Microsoft, and Verizon, that protecting us against cyber threats should not come at the expense of our privacy.
Lawmakers are touting these endorsements, but if private sector support is withdrawn the bill will likely topple. That is why we're writing an urgent open letter to the nearly 30 companies supporting CISPA, asking them to look again at the bill, stand up for the rights of their users, and drop their support. Sign the petition by clicking the link below, and we'll deliver these letters before the Act even goes to the vote:
Cyber security is vital to our internet usage -- it allows us to safely shop online, send emails, and pay our bills. CISPA, though, is so vague that the governments and companies would be able monitor your online communications, censor information, and shut down internet access. There is a better way -- one that narrowly defines the roles of companies in fighting cyber threats, limits what information can be shared, and doesn't open the backdoor for governments to spy on us.
Cyber security and protecting our privacy are not mutually exclusive. The main pillar propping up CISPA is support from the private sector. As their users, we can convince them to stand up for our privacy and help bring down CISPA, just like we did PIPA and SOPA. Call on companies to protect our privacy and withdraw their support of CISPA by adding your name to the urgent letter:
PS -- As their users, technology companies will listen to us, but only through our collective action. The online community as a whole is going to have to join together to make our voices heard, so send the petition to your friends, share it on Facebook, tweet it, and post it on every forum you can.