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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2013
12:06 PM

90,000 Urge Congress NOT to Co-Sponsor CISPA

Demand Progress Calls Internet Snooping Bill “the Patriot Act for the Internet”

WASHINGTON - February 21 - In just 48 hours, more than 90,000 Demand Progress members have expressed their opposition to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) which was introduced last week by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD).

Over the course of 2012, more than 200,000 Demand Progress members emailed or called Congress in opposition to a previous incarnation of CISPA and it's Senate counterpart.

Internet users can email their members of Congress by clicking here:
http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/cispa_is_back/

CISPA would encourage companies to gather information about their customers and users and share that information with the government without a warrant. It would preempt all existing online privacy laws and regulations.

Last year, Demand Progress' Aaron Swartz dubbed the legislation the ‘Patriot Act of the Internet.’

"An ever more politicized Internet public is making its voice heard yet again: We've grown tired of the incessant fear-mongering by politicians, and refuse to accept such infringement of our online privacy rights,” said Aaron Swartz, last year. “We urge members of Congress to refuse to cosponsor CISPA, and to vote against it when the time comes."

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