You must be one of those who helped the Internet giants to bulldoze the cruelsome bills few months back. Those bills called SOPA and PIPA. They are dead, thanks to all of you for this day when I am still writing.
But hey wait, there is another bill catching up the fire these days called CISPA. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act is hanging around us since last December but now the bill is going to the US House of Representatives for vote.
Unlike the previous bills that were criticized and protested by tech companies CISPA is becoming the sweetheart of many companies like IBM, Verizon, AT&T, Intel, Microsoft, and our favorite Facebook. The social network has backed the CISPA and its millions of users didn’t “Like” it.
To kick away users’ fears Facebook’s vice president of US public policy Joel Kaplan wrote a message on official blog saying that the social network is not bound to share the information with US intelligence agencies. Only information that is deemed crucial to save the FB from potential cyberattack will be shared.
The messaged reads the bill will “…give companies like ours the tools we need to protect our systems and the security of our users’ information, while also providing those users confidence that adequate privacy safeguards are in place.”
There are more than 800 companies favoring CISPA.
If this is the future that tech companies are going to back CISPA users will become reluctant in sharing their private data on the Internet. CISPA is repeatedly rebuked for its structure to give immense powers to governmental officials and tech companies to share users’ sensitive information with each other in order to discourage hackers from cyberattacking.
Internet users are left on one corner with extreme uncertainty this time and the US government and tech companies are eyeing from the other corner. CISPA will be presented in the US House of Representatives in the week of April 23.