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Activists Use Fax Machines to Protest Cybersecurity Bill

Activists Use Fax Machines to Protest Cybersecurity Bill

by P. H. MadoreJuly 28, 2015

As previously reported by Hacked, the government is determined to implement a version of CISPA. The latest effort is called CISA – Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). Clever activists have designed an app that lets citizens tell the government how they feel about the controversial legislation – via hard copy, through the fax system.

congress“Congress is stuck in 1984 and doesn’t understand modern technology,” says the website, FaxBigBrother.com. For this reason, the activists are using fax machines, in hopes that congressional representatives will get the message. Anyone can submit a message to Congress, which one of eight fax machines will deliver. One can even include an image, presumably to allow submissions to be unique as possible.

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The focus of the legislation is to allow companies to share information about cybersecurity breaches with the government without fear of reprisal. Activists fear this is a slipper slope that will later lead to all kinds of data sharing, free of reprisal from those to whom the data belongs. Lawmakers have repeatedly come back with legislation that accomplishes this and other less-than-popular tasks. Digital libertarian groups are often pressed to oppose legislation that makes consumer protections more lax under any circumstances.

More concerning with CISA than anything, though, is its protection from Freedom of Information Act disclosures. This would mean that when a company shared information about a breach or cybersecurity concern with the government, no one would later be able to find out about it publicly. Arguably, the publication of breaches is an important step to preventing them in the future, as companies are encouraged to close the holes that caused them and competitors are encouraged to avoid the same mistakes.

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