The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) has sent out an action alert calling on its members and the general public to take action against the House bill CISPA and its Senate counterpart the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. Both are bad news for anyone that uses the Internet because the laws would allow corporations like Facebook and Google to share your Internet habits with government agencies without fear of being sued by you for doing so. One of the main reasons that Google and Facebook expressed opposition to SOPA and PIPA is because it held them liable for not cooperating with rights holders.
With these new laws that roadblock has been removed by giving the very corporations we trust to safeguard our privacy immunity should they share our information with government agencies like the NSA. In other words, it's bad news for regular everyday users and a free pass to corporations. On top of all that, the vagueness of these bills puts a target on everyone because - once again - lawmakers didn't clearly define key points in the bills before they passed them, nor did they reach out to privacy, internet, or cybersecurity experts to testify before any committees..
You can check out the ECA's alert below. I urge you to click on the links below and get involved.
"Thoughtcrime does not entail death; thoughtcrime is death."
That quote is from George Orwell’s classic book, 1984. After CISPA passed in the House of Representatives, the Senate is doing what it can to make Orwell’s dystopian world a reality with the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. The legislation would have technology companies sharing your private data with the government. That’s information like your browsing history, web searches and even gaming habits.
Take a moment to learn more and send a message that they’re overstepping their reach again.
There is a need to update laws to allow for better cyber security, but this legislation is vague and not focused enough. I mean, how many hours and what maps you play on Call of Duty really matters when it comes to national security? Not only are the doors wide open as far as what companies can share with the government, the legislation isn’t very specific as to who they’re sharing it with and what it’ll be used for. Once again Congress is writing legislation about technology they don’t understand.
This is a bit too Orwellian for me; hopefully it is for you too. Write your Senators and let them know to think through what they’re trying to pass.
It’s 28 years too late, but it feels like 1984 now. Take the 30 seconds and write your Congressman today and help spread the word.
Brett Schenker, Online Advocacy Manager
Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA)
[Full Disclosure: GamePolitics is an ECA publication.]