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Mozilla is first Silicon Valley entity to denounce bill

Mozilla is first Silicon Valley entity to denounce bill

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    • Tech Giant Warns CISPA Is “Alarming”Threat to PrivacyPaul Joseph WatsonInfowars.comWednesday, May 2, 2012Mozilla is first Silicon Valley entity to denounce bill Tech giant Mozilla has publicly slammed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) which passed the House last week, labeling the legislation an “alarming” threat to privacy. “While we wholeheartedly support a more secure Internet, CISPA has a broad and alarming reach that goes far beyond Internet security. The bill infringes on our privacy, includes vague definitions of cybersecurity, and grants immunities to companies and government that are too broad around information misuse. We hope the Senate takes the time to fully and openly consider these issues with stakeholder input beforemoving forward with this legislation,” Mozilla, which is best known for its Firefox browser, said ina statement.The statement is important because it marks the first time any Silicon Valley entity has denouncedCISPA, with an array of powerful companies lining up in support of the legislation which passed theUS House of Representatives 248 to 168 and now heads to the Senate.Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Oracle, Symantec, AT&T and Verizon have all backed the bill,with Microsoft re-affirming its support yesterday after rumors the company was getting cold feet,while Google has refused to take either side.CISPA has been identified by many as a greater threat to privacy than SOPA, which was opposed bya deluge of major tech firms after a viral online opposition campaign, but because CISPA hasreceived less attention, corporate giants have found it easier to stay mute.Not only would CISPA mandate ISPs to share Internet data of users with government“notwithstanding any other provision of law,” it also empowers the Department of HomelandSecurity to monitor the communications of the federal courts and Congress, and intercept taxreturns sent to the IRS.
    • The bill “gives companies a free pass tomonitor and collect communications andshare that data with the government and othercompanies, so long as they do so for‘cybersecurity purposes,’” the ElectronicFrontier Foundation (EFF) has noted. “Justinvoking ‘cybersecurity threats’ is enough togrant companies immunity from nearly allcivil and criminal liability, effectively creatingan exemption from all existing law.”“The government would be able to searchinformation it collects under CISPA for thepurposes of investigating American citizenswith complete immunity from all privacy protections as long as they can claim someone committeda “cybersecurity crime”. Basically it says the 4th Amendment does not apply online, at all.Moreover, the government could do whatever it wants with the data as long as it can claim thatsomeone was in danger of bodily harm, or that children were somehow threatened—again,notwithstanding absolutely any other law that would normally limit the government’s power,”writes TechDirt’s Leigh Beadon.As we have documented, the Obama administration’s threat to veto the bill is little more than acrude stunt and carries no more weight than Obama’s promise to veto the National DefenseAuthorization Act, which he signed on New Year’s Eve after the White House itself lobbied for theNDAA’s most egregious provisions to be included.Indeed, the White House’s primary beef with the legislation appears to be the fact that it doesn’thand enough power to the Department of Homeland Security.CISPA now moves to the Senate where it will be amalgamated with one of two other bills beforeheading to Obama’s desk. Don’t hold your breath on that veto. http://www.infowars.com/