Posts Tagged 'CISPA'

CISPA Passes in House

On Friday, the House passed HR 624, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), despite many concerns about privacy issues and a warning from White House advisors that they would recommend that the President veto the bill. (See the earlier Legislative Panel blog post and Capwiz Action Alert for more information on concerns.) In Maryland, the vote was split. Ruppersberger (a co-sponsor of the bill), Harris and Hoyer voted for the bill, while Cummings, Delaney, Edwards, Sarbanes and Van Hollen voted against. The bill has now moved to the Senate.

Thank you to everyone who contacted their legislators to express concerns with the bill. Please take a moment to thank those who voted against the bill. You can use Capwiz to send a thank you message.

Action Alert! Write Your Rep to Vote No on CISPA

There is a dangerous cybersecurity bill coming up for a vote this week in the House of Representatives. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA, HR 624) overrides previous bills to obliterate your online privacy. This bill allows companies to share your personal information with the federal government and allows the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect your internet records. This is an ability that they do not need and that will not protect our nation’s critical infrastructure from a cyber-attack.

Please take the time to urge your representative to protect our online rights and vote “NO” on CISPA.

Use the Capwiz Action Alert to send your representative a letter opposing CISPA. A pre-written letter is provided that you can personalize to increase the impact.

Note: When contacting Congressman Ruppersberger, please be aware that he is a co-sponsor of this bill. It would be good to acknowledge this, and then share your concerns.

Many thanks for any advocacy you can provide!

Cybersecurity bill passes in the House

The Cyberintelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA, HR 3523) passed in the House. Co-sponsors Congressmen Bartlett and Ruppersberger, along with Congressman Harris voted for the bill, while Congressmen Sarbanes, Hoyer, Cummings and Van Hollen, and Congresswoman Edwards voted against it. The bill has now moved to the Senate where it was referred to committee. (See the District Dispatch post for more background on the bill.)

You are encouraged to take the time to thank the members of Congress who voted against the bill.

Action Alert! Ask the House to vote NO on Cybersecurity bills

Please take the time to call your representative in the House and ask them to vote NO on Cybersecurity bills. Several Cybersecurity bills, including HR 3523, The Cyberintelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA), will be addressed during this week—Cybersecurity Week. There are many concerns with CISPA, such as the fact that it allows private entities to share large amounts of information about our electronic communications with the government without legal review or warrant. The District Dispatch has more information on the concerns. For talking points, see the Capwiz Action Alert.

Please note that Congressmen Ruppersberger and Bartlett are co-sponsors of CISPA.

Thanks in advance for any advocacy efforts!


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