Here is an email I received yesterday: it took me a while to blog it because I just did not want to think about it….it’s that bad.
Having lived in a totalitarian state, I can honestly explain the number 1 tool totalitarians government use for keeping control over their populace: pass laws that NOBODY can ‘not break’ at one time or another. Then, if someone becomes ‘uncomfortable’ or ‘too uppity’ or starts saying things the people in power (usually the apartchiks – the bureaucrats who make the totalitarian regime possible), they will selectively enforce the laws against them.
CISPA not only ends all expectation of privacy in ALL online activity, it also creates an environment where regular citizens will, inevitably, break one or another of its provisions: and THAT makes it a very dangerous thing!
If you’re a Google, Facebook, or Twitter user, or if your friends are, you should be worried.
Today, Congress held a secret vote on CISPA, the modern government surveillance system that every website, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter could participate in, if it becomes law.
Facebook supported CISPA when it was proposed last year. This time, even Facebook is saying the bill has privacy problems, but we still haven’t heard from Google or Twitter.
Will they let the government get all of our data against all privacy laws? Will they share your personal data with the government once you’re no longer able to sue them for it? We don’t know.
This is an important moment to get them before it’s too late.
That’s why Reddit’s co-founder, Alexis, called Google’s CEO himself to ask them about where they stand on CISPA.
We’re making headway — FFTF is delivering 300,000 signatures to CISPA co-sponsors one by one over Twitter. But the threat of CISPA moving forward in the House is very real. The bill passed out of Committee today and will be rushing to a floor vote next week.
Help your friends too and forward this email.
It’s your email; tell Google to support your right to keep it private!
It’s your private information; tell Facebook and Twitter to keep it that way!
Thank you for everything,
Tiffiniy Cheng, Fight for the Future
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