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Letter I Wrote To My Congressman Regarding CISPA

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Date: 04/22/2012

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
1797 State Street Suite A
Geneva, IL 60134-4710

Rep. Randy Hultgren:

Regarding H.R. 3523 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (C.I.S.P.A)

I xxxxxxxxxx, as a strong opponent of a previous bill titled: H.R. 3261 - Stop Online Piracy Act (S.O.P.A.), emphatically urge you not only to remove co-sponsorship in regards to the new bill called C.I.S.P.A., but encourage you to publicly and consistently oppose the passing of this bill. I was very disappointed when I learned my congressman did not feel he could counter illegal internet activity without infringing on civil liberties. The five (5) main reasons I demand you change your position are as follows:

1) The C.I.S.P.A. bill states that any business can "use cybersecurity systems to identify and obtain cyber threat information to protect [its] rights and property" allowing companies to "bypass all existing laws, as long as they claim a vague 'cybersecurity' purpose," without threat of reprisal.
2) It lacks meaningful use restrictions--it should be made clear that information shared for cybersecurity should be used for cybersecurity purposes, not unrelated national security purposes or criminal investigations .
3) After collecting your communications, companies can then voluntarily hand them over to the government with no warrant or judicial oversight whatsoever as long is the communications have what the companies interpret to be 'cyber threat information' in them.
4) This bill's wording may encourage broad surveillance. As with S.O.P.A. and P.I.P.A., I like many privacy watchers aren't lobbying for no legislation. Rather, we need cyber-security legislation, not surveillance legislation.
5) Lastly, C.I.S.P.A. alternatives do exist. A better, although not perfect, bill has been introduced by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.). The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has stated that Rep. Lungren's bill “has information-sharing language that offers a better alternative to CISPA, balancing cybersecurity, industry, and civil liberties concerns.”

As a registered Republican voter, I base who my representatives will be by their voting record and not by their “talk.” To better understand what many of your constituents like and don't like in (internet) legislation, please refer periodically to groups such as the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Reporters Without Borders. These pro-civil liberty groups most often reflect the views of myself and many other voters who make serious effort in voting for or against politicians based on their strict constitutional voting record.

Sincerely,

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