CISPA Passes in the House

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) — the bill that would obliterate our privacy laws and chill free expression online — just passed in the House.

This awful bill still faces hurdles: The White House has threatened to veto it. And it still needs to pass the Senate. But one thing is clear: We can’t just wait and hope that Congress will do the right thing.

Free Press activists have sent more than 80,000 petition signatures and generated more than 3,000 calls to Congress to stop this bill. That’s in addition to the tens of thousands of petitions and calls generated by our friends like the ACLU, Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Fight for the Future.

In the coming weeks, we and our allies will be drumming up even more opposition.

We’ll be reminding our senators of the threat CISPA poses to our basic online rights.

We’ll remind them that CISPA would let Facebook and Google freely disclose our private messages, status updates, photos, searches, likes and location to the National Security Agency or the Department of Homeland Security.

We’ll remind them that CISPA’s passage would make us less free to state our opinions online — we’ll be too nervous about Big Brother getting a feed of everything we say and do.

And we’ll remind them that they represent us — not big tech companies and not federal spy agencies — and they have an obligation to protect our right to speak online.

But we won’t be able to do any of it without you. So please stay with us. More updates soon.

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