Nuggets of Wisdom

Thursday, April 26, 2012

CISPA Passes House! (Take Action!)

The House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 3523, or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), with a vote of 248 to 168. If this bill becomes law, it will pretty much end internet privacy as we know it. The federal government will have unprecedented power to request your personal information from web hosts, internet service providers, and other companies if they feel it may pertain to a potential cybersecurity risk.

The good news is that this bill is still far from being made into law. It still has to pass the Senate and be signed by President Obama—who has stated that he will veto the bill. (Though don’t let that promise get your hopes up!)

The time to act is now!

The ACLU has an on-line petition. Sign it!

And contact your state senator, either by e-mail or phone, and demand that they refuse to sign this bill. Click here to find their contact information!

In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”