For five years, privacy and internet freedom advocates have successfully fended off cyber “security” bills that focus on data sharing and surveillance rather than sensible security measures. But, like zombies, the bills keep coming back. Meet CISA. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, is a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” deal between corporations and the government that encourages corporations to share massive amounts of customer data with the government in exchange for legal immunity from privacy lawsuits. Yes. Immunity. But there’s more:
- CISA allows companies to share nearly any type of information with the government, including our personal information;
- The FBI and NSA automatically get all the shared data. And they can use it for purposes beyond cyber security;
- CISA creates a vast new exemption to the Freedom of Information Act;
- CISA allows “hackbacks” that could harm third party networks.
- Notably missing from the bill is any requirement for basic cyber hygiene like encryption, or strong passwords, which most experts affirm would be the most effective cyber security measures.
Over the years we’ve sent emails, made phone calls, paid visits to members of Congress. It’s as if their heads are stuck in the sand. Or maybe they are stuck in 1984? Maybe it’s time we spoke to them in a language they can understand? It’s time for…..
Operation: Fax Big Brother
That’s right, we’re turning to some old technology, the fax machine, to help us crush this zombie legislation. But this isn’t your grandmother’s fax machine — you can send a fax right from our coalition website. Just click here.
If you want to learn more, join our AMA on Reddit on Wednesday July 29 at 10am ET/7am PT with EFF, Access, Fight for the Future, and the ACLU and let your friends know about it. BORDC/DDF and our allies will be blogging, talking to media and members of Congress in a full court press to kill this bill. For good measure, we’re asking the President to issue a veto threat. Follow the action on twitter and facebook! With your help, we’ll make sure Congress gets the message: now more than ever, we don’t need more cyber surveillance. We need better security. CISA must be defeated.