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CISPA Must Die!

Written by Sean Valant

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

We’ve been having a lot of fun with our blog lately, and we promise to continue to do so.  However, we need to address some serious business once again.  Back in December, we posted about SOPA.  That beast has changed forms, returned and is now attacking more forcefully.  CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, aka H.R. 3523) was passed by the United Stated House of Representatives on April 26th, by a vote of 248 to 168.

Ostensibly, CISPA exists to “help the U.S Government investigate cyber threats and ensure the security of networks against cyber attack.”  However, this wolf in sheep’s clothing also allows complete, unfettered access to your online activities without regard to existing privacy laws, provided the government suspects you of having committed some type of cyber crime.  Criminals should absolutely be investigated, prosecuted and punished if found guilty.  However, the scope of this bill is far too broad to be an effective piece of legislation and lacks any clear parameters as to what would constitute a justifiable suspicion, or when and how the government can monitor your internet browsing information; basically making all of us potential suspects, guilty until proven innocent.

Representative Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat and onetime web entrepreneur, stated during the debate that “allowing the military and NSA to spy on Americans on American soil goes against every principle this country was founded on,” and that CISPA would “…waive every single privacy law ever enacted in the name of cybersecurity.”

The author of CISPA, Representative Mike Rogers (R – Michigan) responded by asking his colleagues to ignore “all the things they’re saying about the bill that are not true.”  That statement itself is curiously representative of the bill and an excellent example of stereotypical politician-speak; it moves towards the desired goal without identifying any parameters or setting any limitations.

The ACLU and Mozilla have both spoken out against CISPA, and the Obama administration has thus far maintained that it would veto the bill, due to it lacking confidentiality and civil liberties safeguards.  However, this fight is not over.  We at HostGator still very much support an Internet whereby free information and the unhindered distribution of said information is an unalienable human right; we do not want to lose this right, signed away as part of a malformed and ultimately counter-productive piece of legislation.

Please contact your Congressional Representative and let them know how you feel on this important issue.  Vote no on CISPA!

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9 Responses to CISPA Must Die!

  1. fjpoblam says:

    Thank you, Hostgator pards. You’re one of the surprisingly few (IMO) corporate voices against CISPA. I’m glad I moved my email to Hostgator servers, for whatever good it may do me. And I’m glad I’ve been placing my sites on Hostgator and persuaded so many others to do so, as well. We *all* appreciate your help!

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  3. NDA guy says:

    Please do not buy into the propaganda from authors and the lobbyists of CISPA. These days, the only real cyber security is social engineering, and legalized torture, since using these F/LOSS encryptions and little obscuration techniques, little information can be harvested. My summarization of their propaganda is this:
    To defend from X country’s terrorist
    Spy on Y citizens/companies

    For those who understand what this bill proposes to allow:
    X company wants information from Y company/citizen
    Y company has full legal powers to get said information
    Y company sells information to X company
    X = any other company, esp. financial institutions like ESF/IMF clients
    Y = U.S.A. Corp.

    So if you do not mind these financial clients to get information about your buying habits, and what your credit cards are with your address and government photo ID, to make transactions without your knowledge, please support this bill. Some of us are bound by NDA’s and can not commit to this law to be passed.

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