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Can you give some examples of the information that might be shared? I'm having a hard time getting my arms around why this matters to me if I'm not involved in any kind of cyber-security attacking.
CISPA does not set any limits on the types of information that companies can share with the government - it requires only that the information "pertains" to a cybersecurity threat. The definition of a threat is extremely broad in CISPA. This means companies can share any information they think is related to a threat, including private or personally identifiable information, such as your internet records or even the content of your e-mails. The result: everyday Americans and victims of cyber-attacks could be swept up in this information sharing program, not just cyber-attackers.
You can learn more about CISPA and other cybersecurity legislation at our cybersecurity webhub, which has ACLU and coalition letters to Congress and the administration detailing our concerns about CISPA, additional blogs, backgrounders, and a legislative comparison chart summarizing what each cybersecurity bill in consideration authorizes: www.aclu.org/cybersecurity.
More times than not, I find my viewpoints in direct opposition to those of the ACLU. This time though, I find myself in total agreement with you when it comes to CISPA. I applaud you for your efforts to inform and help steer the conversation on this high controversial and deceptive piece of legislation. Thank you for your hard work on this issue. We'll be contacting our elected leaders and help keep the good fight going!
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