This is HUGE: President Obama just threatened to veto CISPA if it makes its way through Congress.
CISPA is up for a vote this week. It would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States, giving the government — including the military — broad new powers to spy on Internet users.
The White House’s letter expresses precisely the concerns that we’ve been highlighting over recent weeks — and is a result of the public pressure against CISPA:
And the letter goes on to assert that:
The American people expect their Government to enhance security without undermining their privacy and civil liberties.
Without clear legal protections and independent oversight, information sharing legislation will undermine the public’s trust in the Government as well as in the Internet by undermining fundamental privacy, confidentiality, civil liberties, and consumer protections.
This is an amazing development. Let’s make the most of it:
PS- We only have a few days left to kill CISPA. Please tell your friends to get involved by forwarding this email or using these links:
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World Privacy Forum
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse and
Australian Privacy Foundation
We request the following of Google:
1. First, Google must suspend its implementation of scanning the full text of emails for determining ad placement.
2. Second, Google must clarify its information retention and data correlation policy amongst its business units, partners, and affiliates. This means that Google must set clear data retention and deletion dates and establish detailed written policies about data sharing and correlation amongst its business units and partners.
Respectfully submitted and signed,
Pam Dixon, Executive Director, World Privacy Forum
[—the above point was copied from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6740075.stm—]
If you’re concerned about Google retaining your personal data, then you must be doing something you shouldn’t be doing. At least that’s the word from Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
"If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place," Schmidt tells CNBC.
…But the bigger news may be that Schmidt has actually admitted there are cases where the search giant is forced to release your personal data:
"If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines - including Google - do retain this information for some time and it’s important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities."