CISA is the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which is one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation in the Internet’s history. It sets the precedent for what the Internet is used for into the future. It would effectively give the government full access to all of our information to use as they wish, end privacy policies, and make all of us more vulnerable to cyber attacks.
CISA would allow spy agencies like the NSA to collect even more of your personal data and then share it with dozens of other government agencies, all the way down to local police, authorizing them to use it for an absurdly wide range of purposes that have nothing to do with “cybersecurity,” including investigating “fake” id’s.
Worse, it will literally do nothing to stop the types of high profile cyber attacks that Congress is using to justify it. So we get less privacy AND less security, while giant companies like Target, Experian, and Sony will get legal immunity that lets them on the hook when they fail to protect our data.
Despite the fact that nearly every major tech company and security expert has come out against it, Congress is still rushing toward a vote on CISA, and the numbers are not looking good. The House Intelligence chief is claiming that CISA will pass “overwhelmingly,” despite the massive public outcry.
Congress is hoping that they can sneak this bill through without a fight. We need to prove them wrong.
Cybersecurity is a real concern, and nobody wants to see their personal information stolen by online predators, but CISA isn’t a real solution to foreign hackers and places our personal information at risk. Watch this video by FreedomWorks to learn more.
- CISA authorizes companies to monitor their users communications and actions. User privacy agreements be damned!
- CISA gives the NSA, FBI and local law enforcement more surveillance powers, namely the power to bulk collect web data straight from the switches and cables that make up the Internet, in the name of cybersecurity.
- CISA does nothing to improve cybersecurity and would have done nothing to prevent recent hacks at Sony, Anthem, or the OPM.
- In fact, CISA is bad for cybersecurity because it would put sensitive cyberthreat information in the hands of government agencies that have bad security track records.
- CISA gives companies that share data with the government immunity from virtually any law.
- CISA allows companies to share your personal details with the government. Companies would only have to strip personal details out of the data it shares if it affirmatively knows about it.
- CISA exempts itself from FOIA so you’ll never know if your data has been handed over to the government.
- CISA would give the NSA data they have been lobbying for and help them ramp up an entire new plank of their upstream Internet surveillance program.
- CISA allows companies to deploy defensive countermeasures against perceived threats that could damage computers of innocent people.
- The US Congress and the Obama and Bush administrations have failed to protect privacy in the digital age, ECPA reform is needed.