I’m studying up on CISPA for a segment on our webshow. Even though you’ve heard CISPA and SOPA and PIPA and online privacy so many times it’s like an audible, political Rickroll….even so, you should give a great big rat’s ass.
Here is the cliff’s notes version of why:
- The constitution says your stuff can’t be searched or taken by the government, without a proper warrant.
- That’s good, because even if you’re an angel, your life shouldn’t be subject to scrutiny at a whim. Privacy matters.
- As it stands, CISPA would not only allow, but ENCOURAGE, private companies to give all your data to the government.
- The international intelligence agency side of the government, included.
- And with very few (if any) restrictions, or even definitions.
- That’s bad.
- Go* to https://cyberspying.eff.org/ and take a couple of clicks to email your representatives.
*Feel free to read up more, first.
Want to read more about it?
Here are some outstanding sources:
- Abine: CISPA simply explained, and how it may affect your online life
- PCMag: Top 5 Biggest Concerns About CISPA
- ACLU: CISPA Explainer
- White House: Statement of Administration Policy on HR 6624
- USConstitution.net: The Fourth Amendment
- EFF: Action station
P.S. Related Sinfest comic.