Last Monday, a number of organizations, companies, and individuals came together for a Week of Action against the dangerous cybersecurity bill, CISPA. Though thousands of people answered our call to action, the fight is far from over.
CISPA—which will be marked up and voted upon in the House in mid-April—bypasses existing privacy laws by giving overly broad legal immunity to companies who share users' private information, including the content of communications, with the government. It allows companies to disclose users' data directly to the NSA, a military agency that operates secretly and without public accountability, as well as to a large number of government agencies. Broad definitions that allow users' sensitive personal information to be used for a range of purposes, including for "national security," not just computer and network security.
Over 15,000 people in the past week contacted their members of Congress using EFF's action center, urging them to oppose the broadly worded bill. To date, Congress has received messages from a total of over 37,000 individuals.
In addition, 7,000 concerned individuals from around the world have signed onto EFF’s petition urging President Barack Obama to renew his promise to veto CISPA. And many more spoke out on Twitter using our Twitter tool and the hashtag #CISPAalert. Along with campaigns from Fight for the Future, Access, ACLU, Demand Progress, and the22 Daily Kos, over 150,000 people took action in the past week alone.
In case you missed it, here's what we wrote about:
- Stop CISPA: A Week of Action to Oppose Broad Cybersecurity Legislation
- The Consequences of CISPA's Broad Legal Immunity
- EFF Joins Coalition Urging White House to Veto CISPA
- Under CISPA, Who Can Get Your Data?
For more on CISPA's problematic provisions, check out our comprehensive FAQ and our cybersecurity page. And be sure to take action and spread the word.
A huge thanks to everybody who took action, including the major organizations and companies that joined EFF in this important fight:
Advocacy for Principled Action in Government
Alexis Ohanian, Co-founder of Reddit
American Association of Law Libraries
American Library Association
Association of Research Libraries
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Center for Democracy & Technology
Center for Digital Democracy
Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights
Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Constitution Project
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Entertainment Consumers Association
Fight for the Future
Free Press Action Fund
Government Accountability Project
Internet Defense League
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute
NY Tech Meetup
Personal Democracy Media
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse