Cybersecurity in the Senate: Time to take action

Do you appreciate your digital freedom? Do you know how to protect your security and remain safe on the Internet? If so, then you might have heard about the new Senate Cybersecurity bill S. 3414. The good news is that it is not CISPA. However, there are some downsides to this new bill. First, the privacy protections are under threat. They were added in response to the concerns of the Internet community but they may now be watered down or even removed completely as the bill advances through the Senate.

This is a common problem in these matters. The public hears about a proposed bill and support it but by the time it makes its way through the channels, you’re hardly looking at the same bill you supported in the beginning. This is why we have to step up and speak out.

Congress wants to use “cybersecurity” fears to convince people it’s ok to have their civil liberties challenged. They want to make you afraid of the dangers that exist online and believe that they are protecting you but the truth is they can protect you without invading your privacy.

When cybersecurity legislation is bad, it affects the privacy of the people. Often it will bypass the existing privacy laws and automatically send your personal data directly into the hands of the government without judicial oversight.

The Senate has introduced a new cybersecurity bill (S 3414) that addresses some of the most significant privacy concerns. While not perfect, S 3414 includes strong new privacy protections and we want to make sure they water them down while passing the bill.

We can have cybersecurity without invading the rights and the privacy of the Internet public. However, this bill is moving quickly so if you want your voice to be heard on the matter, you have to act quickly. You can do something about this right now!

All you need to do is write to your Senators today telling them you value your privacy and that you want them to do their part to safeguard your privacy and oppose any amendments that come across the Senate that would weaken those privacy protections.

Click here to find an action alert on S. 3414 and to learn how to take action regarding this bill. Enter your zip code, and you’ll have the chance to call or write your Senators directly. If you’re able to, please call — the Senate needs to hear your voice.

Once you’ve made the call, please share this on TwitterFacebookIdenti.caGoogle+, and your other social networking sites to ask your friends to join you. We need to get as many calls as possible today in order to let the Senate know that we won’t stand for bills that sacrifice our civil liberties.

 

Lisa Mason is a freelance writer, and VP of  Special Media – Social Media Sun.