The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has issued an action alert asking the Internet community to fight against the newest iteration of the Cyber Intelligence Protection and Sharing Act (CIPSA). While the it may be a new year the House bill meant to protect companies and critical infrastructure from cyber "terrorists," and hackers, the bill has not changed at all since it was introduced in 2012.
Sadly, House members couldn't even bother to change many of the bad things about this bill – like it's broad language, its lack of protections for individuals privacy and due process rights, and its fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants information sharing scheme that gives companies immunity from being sued if they happen to violate an individual's privacy rights.
Here is what the EFF says about the bill and how you can help to once again stop it:
Last year, tens of thousands of concerned individuals used the EFF action center to speak out against overbroad and ineffective cybersecurity proposals. Together, we substantially changed the debate around cybersecurity in the U.S., moving forward a range of privacy-protective amendments and ultimately helping to defeat the Senate bill.
Now we need your help again. Can you send a message to your Representatives asking them to oppose this bill?
If you want to help stop this bill and demand the Congress craft real legislation that addresses citizens' concerns about privacy and constitutional rights, you can visit this page.