The US House of Representatives passed the CISPA bill yesterday.CISPA is the equivalent to Big Brother on the Internet.
It's far worse than SOPA or PIPA. This bill would allow the government to spy on your activities, legally, in perpituity. If they make a mistake, or confuse you with someone else, you can take no legal action to defend yourself. From the bill's text:
"Private information may be shared nonwithstanding any other provision of law."
Quote from ACLU: ""Cispa goes too far for little reason," said Michelle Richardson, ACLU legislative counsel. "Cybersecurity does not have to mean abdication of Americans' online privacy. As we've seen repeatedly, once the government gets expansive national security authorities, there's no going back. We encourage the Senate to let this horrible bill fade into obscurity."
This graphic explains it much more clearly. http://luminconsulting.com/cispa/
Obama has threatened to veto it, but this is no guarantee. He did the same thing with NDAA, eventually signing it into law. (That was the bill in which even American citizens can be legally imprisoned, held without trial, as long as the government likes.)
Call the White House, 202 456 1111 to express your feelings about the way #CISPA would take away your 4th Amendment rights to privacy. Tell them your vote depends on whether this bill is vetoed or not. Call your senators; CISPA must pass the Senate before Obama gets to decide whether to veto or not.
You can find your senators listed, with their phone numbers, here. Call today. This is urgent. http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm