Fighting for people over profits
It seems like Facebook will do everything they can to sacrifice your online privacy – even going so far as to publicly support a bill pending in the US Congress that would allow Facebook to hand over your data — and the data of Facebook users around the world — to other corporations or the US military, without a warrant.
If the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passes, companies could intercept your text messages and emails to share with each other and the government – giving the US military the power to track, control, and share almost all of your online information without the use of a warrant. They could even block access to websites, or cut off your internet connection altogether. Like SOPA (which Facebook opposed), CISPA is a major threat to internet freedom and gives the government broad power to protect big media companies at your expense. It’s even a threat for internet users outside the US – because Facebook, Google and other major online service providers are headquartered in the US, even their non-American users’ online data could be used by the US military or corporations.
Facebook’s opposition was instrumental in shutting down SOPA, but now Facebook is fighting FOR CISPA. If we can get Facebook to side with its users instead of military spy agencies, they we can start a powerful, organized opposition to this dangerous bill.
Sign our joint petition to Facebook now, telling it to stand up against government intrusion into our online privacy rights.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has said “We can’t let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the Internet’s development.” Yet with CISPA, he is supporting a far-reaching law that could dramatically limit our freedom on the internet. CISPA strips away previous privacy laws, and by creating a broad immunity for companies against both civil and criminal liability, it robs citizens of any means of fighting back.
Today vast amounts of our information is routed through the internet — our shopping history, our Google searches, our love letters and personal communications — and all of it would become a fair target for the US military under a definition of “cybercrime” so broad that anyone could be a suspect.
“Cyber Intelligence Bill Threatens Privacy and Civilian Control“, The Center for Democracy & Technology, December 2011
“Cybersecurity Bill FAQ: The Disturbing Privacy Dangers in CISPA and How To Stop It“, The Electronic Frontier Foundation, April 2012