CISPA is the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act which was proposed by U.S Representative Michael Rogers along with other cosponsors. This law, much similar to SOPA and PIPA would give the U.S government much more power in enforcing copyright and patent laws. The main issue with CISPA, along with other bills like SOPA and PIPA is that there is no real check on government’s power as to how much control they would have. Many claim that the government could use this power to punish file sharers rather than focus hackers or other copyright infringers on a bigger scale.
CISPA claims to help U.S companies defend themselves from “advanced cyber threats, without imposing any new federal regulations or unfunded private sector mandate.” It further states that this will create more jobs for cybersecurity professionals while protecting “the thousands of jobs created by the American intellectual property that Chinese hackers are trying to steal every day.” This proposal from congress has many supporters including big technological companies such as Facebook, AT&T and others.
The main issue people have with CISPA is about how broadly and vaguely it specifies certain important terms. “Cybersecurity” is a very broad term and proposing to control it via these means could mean that it could infringe upon our other rights. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), “There are almost no restrictions on what can be collected and how it can be used, provided a company can claim it was motivated by ‘cybersecurity purposes,’” the EFF continues. “That means a company like Google, Facebook, Twitter, or AT&T could intercept your emails and text messages, send copies to one another and to the government, and modify those communications or prevent them from reaching their destination if it fits into their plan to stop cybersecurity threats.”