Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Your Online Personal Information is being threatened.

Your Personal Information ... everything you do online ... is being threatened.

Please, help Conservative Action Alerts keep your information safe and private, and away from government agencies!

THIS THURSDAY, the House plans to vote on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

CISPA strips the privacy rights of all Americans. It has a good chance of passing because lawmakers were able to get Internet giants on board with them. These online companies may have gotten what they wanted out of CISPA, and they are protected from litigation under these bills...but, the individual is not.

There are several bills in the House and Senate that threaten our online privacy...and Harry Reid has one in the Senate, sponsored by Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins. These bills are bad because:

  • There is no limit on the information that can be shared with government agencies. And because that info is shared "notwithstanding any law," privacy laws do not apply.
  • The government will begin monitoring even more of your private communications.
  • Cybersecurity control will shift from private companies to government agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
  • Once the information is captured by the government, it can be used for any purpose and given to whatever other agency or organization the government chooses.
  • H.R. 1981 requires online service providers to spy on your online activities and provide that information to the government. Information like your internet activity, name, address, bank account numbers, IP addresses, etc., must be accessible to the government regardless of whether or not you have been accused of a crime.

Everything you do online ... reading political blogs, checking your bank statements, purchasing products, signing up for the latest coupon offer ... everything you do online will be captured by your service provider and given to the U.S. government. They can then use this information however they want; and they can shut down any website they want to, without judicial review.

... Unless we take up the fight to protect our personal information.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither. 

--Benjamin Franklin  

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