President Obama stood up for net neutrality and claimed to support Internet freedom. But now he’s poised to sign CISA, a bill that tech experts, major companies, and civil liberties groups agree would destroy our basic rights to security and freedom of expression.
Tell Obama: "If you really care about the Internet and our right to free speech, veto CISA."
If you really care about the Internet and our right to free speech, veto CISA.
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We're up against some of the most powerful corporate lobbyists in the country, but that hasn't stopped us before. If a critical mass of citizens speak out against CISA, our voices will be impossible to ignore.
In the weeks since the Senate approved CISA, Speaker Paul Ryan has been busy stripping privacy protections from the bill. Now CISA is much worse than the version Obama threatened to veto—but Ryan is adding it as a rider to a must-pass budget bill that Obama can't veto without shutting down the government.
The latest changes turn CISA from a mass surveillance bill to a mass incarceration bill:
Removed prohibition of information being shared automatically with NSA and
DOD (H.R. 1560). Instead, information may be shared directly with DOD and NSA.
Removes prohibition on using CISA for “surveillance” activities.
Removes limitation that government can only use collected info for
cybersecurity purposes (House Homeland Security Bill H.R.1731). Instead,
they can use this shared info to prosecute other crimes
(which increases the incentive for them to collect and retain more personal
information, whether it is related to cybersecurity or not).
Removes requirement that government scrub personal information unrelated to a
cybersecurity threat before sharing information. (H.R.1731 had this requirement).
Instead, scrubbing is at discretion of Agency.