CISPA is the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, and was passed in the House of Representatives today. Its failed precursors were SOPA and PIPA which failed to become law in 2011-2012. While the basic idea of sharing information amongst government agencies when trying to track down crime sounds great, the reality of the federal government able to look at anything you do with a computer online is quite scary. If you are even remotely concerned about big government, freedom of speech and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure – you need to contact your senators and urge them to not vote for CISPA. I contacted both of my senators today, one who is even a co-sponsor of the bill. I hear many complaints about the legislative system and how our elected officials votes are bought by lobbyists. This may be true, but if I don’t allow my voice to be heard I can’t complain about it.
If you’re not sure who your senators are, check out this web site. If you’re not sure where your elected officials stand on this issue, the CISPA Senate Whip Count can help. Last time when our privacy was threatened, people banded together and overwhelmingly told their senators to vote no. Please don’t stand by and assume someone else will speak for you this time.