The people have been heard, sending six million faxes to flood the Senate with their opposition to a surveillance bill masquerading as a cyber security bill:
“The Internet is clearly pissed off that Congress is trying to pass off a blatant surveillance bill as ‘cybersecurity,’” Tiffiniy Cheng, co-founder and co-director of Fight for the Future, said in a Thursday blog post.
Fight for the Future is one of the digital privacy advocates behind the “Operation: #FaxBigBrother” campaign launched earlier this week to oppose the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) — a Senate bill drafted to legally allow companies to share data about cyberattacks and hacker intrusions launched against them with federal intelligence, law enforcement and defense agencies.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Access and others joined with Fight for the Future to lobby against the bill in Congress, which the groups said was “stuck in 1984″ — hence the fax machines as the chosen format for protest.
According to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr and Ranking Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein — the bill’s chief sponsors — CISA will help the government and Silicon Valley work together to prevent the type of cyberattacks that have recently plagued government agencies including the Office of Personnel Management, health insurance companies like Anthem, private corporations such as Sony and Target and bank giant JPMorgan.