Facebook Backs up CISPA, Assures FB Users on Security
A new bill concerning the Internet is now brewing in Congress, but unlike its predecessors SOPA and PIPA, a huge list of corporate companies, including Facebook, are backing up the the Cyber Intelligence and Sharing Protection Act or CISPA.
The bill or HR 3523 is sponsored by Representative Mike Rogers and Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger. It is primarily drafted to give the government power over any online information, so that cyber entities are allowed to skirt Internet privacy laws and hand over any communication and information to Homeland Security in case they are under fire and forced to shut down or reveal what the government needs. And there are no warranties needed.
CISPA however is viewed to be more amenable than SOPA, considering that a number of companies have already expressed support for the bill – AT&T, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Symantec, Verizon, and Facebook to name a few of the 28 total supporters.
In post published over at Facebook, Vice President of U.S. public policy for Facebook Joel Kaplan has expressed assurance to more than 845 million users of the giant social networking site, stating that “maintaining trust is at the core of everything we do.” The post also reiterated how a combination of tools, a committed staff, and security community relationships all help at keeping the site secure.
According to Kaplan, CISPA or HR 3523 will allow not only Facebook but also other cyber companies to gain access to cyber threat information coming from the U.S. government. Furthermore, the Cyber Intelligence and Sharing Protection Act does not in any way force Facebook or other sites to share data with anyone, except in dealing with cyber threats, which means of course that Facebook is merely safeguarding the privacy and security of its millions of users.
Kaplan ends his post with the anticipation that Congress will push through with CISPA, primarily as a means at systems protection and user information security.