Obama echoes our privacy concerns, saying legislation must “(1) carefully safeguard privacy and civil liberties; (2) preserve the long-standing, respective roles and missions of civilian and intelligence agencies”.
Demand Progress members have sent more than 150,000 emails to policy makers in opposition to CISPA this year — and it’s starting to work.
But voting in the House of Representatives is still set to start tomorrow.
In anticipation of a full House vote in the House THIS WEEK, industry giant IBM has sent nearly 200 senior execs to Washington to lobby in support of CISPA.
And their intentions couldn’t be more clear. CISPA would empower them to share your private data with the military without a warrant — and they wouldn’t hesitate to do so.
Chris Padilla, IBM’s VP of governmental affairs told TheHill.com that IBM and other corporations “should be able to work directly and share information directly” with the National Security Agency “because that’s where the expertise is.”
Despite an outpouring of opposition from the ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and over 100,000 Demand Progress members, the House Intelligence committee has voted to approve CISPA–a cyber-security bill that would give companies unprecedented power to share your private information with the government, including the intelligence agencies like the NSA, without a warrant.
Now the bill moves to the House for a full vote on Wednesday. We need to reiterate our opposition to this dangerous legislation loud and clear.
Our collective efforts stopped CISPA from becoming law last year, and we can do it again. But we must be vigilant and keep putting our representatives on notice.
Now, as before, we cannot sacrifice our hard-won liberties and privacy rights in the pursuit of a misguided and over-broad conception of “security.”
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