Mozilla, Microsoft Not Happy With CISPA

By | May 2, 2012

Mozilla, Microsoft Not Happy With CISPA

As “shocking” as it might sound, it looks like everyone’s hated CISPA is not supported by Microsoft and Mozilla as well.

Citing privacy concerns, both corporations have issued the following statements:

“Microsoft believes that any proposed legislation should facilitate the voluntary sharing of cyber threat information in a manner that allows us to honor the privacy and security promises we make to our customers.”

Mozilla, on the other hand, was far more open and expressed their criticism in the following manner, which we support:

“While we wholeheartedly support a more secure Internet, CISPA has a broad and alarming reach that goes far beyond Internet security. The bill infringes on our privacy, includes vague definitions of cybersecurity, and grants immunities to companies and government that are too broad around information misuse. We hope the Senate takes the time to fully and openly consider these issues with stakeholder input before moving forward with this legislation.”

Other web browser makers, such as: Opera Software, Maxthon, Google and Apple remain silent.

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  1. Shane Bundy says:

    I’m sure Apple are in support of CISPA.

  2. “Other web browser makers, such as: Opera Software, Maxthon, Google and Apple remain silent.”


  3. Stylishapurv says:

    Quite right…. brave to raise the rightful voice 

  4. Rwolf says:

     CISPA Legislation, Will Escalate Government Asset Forfeiture.

    CISPA the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act if signed
    into law will allow——the military and NSA warrant-less spying on
    Americans’ confidential electronic Communications; any transmitted
    private information circumventing the fourth amendment. CISPA will allow
    any self-protected cyber entity to share with the Feds any person’s
    private information that might allegedly relate to a cyber threat or
    crime. Considering the U.S. Government’s current business relationship
    with telephone and Internet companies, it should be expected the feds
    would use CISPA to gain unprecedented access to lawful Americans’
    private electronic communications. Almost every week news media reports
    corrupt police arrested for selling drugs, taking bribes and perjury. It
    is foreseeable that broad provisions in CISPA that call for private
    businesses’ cyber entities to share among themselves and with Spy
    Agencies confidential information will open the door for corrupt
    government, police and entity employees to sell a corporations’
    confidential information to its competitors, foreign government and
    others. CISPA provides insufficient safeguards to control disposition of
    (shared) confidential corporate and client entity information,
    including confidential information shared by spy agencies with private
    and government entities derived from spying on Americans.  

    Ironically Government can use CISPA to (covertly certify employees)
    of a Government approved certified cyber self-protected entity—to spy on
    their certified employer; and clients with full immunity from lawsuits
    if done in good faith. U.S. Government is not prohibited from paying a
    Government Certified self protected cyber entity or their employee
    “Asset Forfeiture commissions” that result from providing Government a
    corporation’s confidential and private client information—that otherwise
    would require a warrant.  The recent House Passed Cyber
    Security Bill overrides the Fourth Amendment. Government may use against
    Americans in Criminal, Civil and Administrative courts (any
    information) derived from CISPA warrant-less Internet spying.

    CISPA will open the door for U.S. Government spy agencies such as
    NSA; the FBI; government asset forfeiture contractors, any private
    entity (to take out of context) any innocent—hastily written email, fax
    or phone call to allege a crime or violation was committed to cause a
    person’s arrest, assess fines and or civilly forfeit a business or
    property. There are more than 350 laws and violations that can subject
    property to government asset forfeiture. Government civil asset
    forfeiture requires only a civil preponderance of evidence for police to
    forfeit property, little more than hearsay.

    CISPA (warrant-less electronic surveillance) will enable the U.S.
    Justice Department to bypass the Fourth Amendment, use information
    extracted from CISPA electronic surveillance) of Americans’ Web Server
    Records, Internet Activity, transmitted emails, faxes, and phone calls
    to issue subpoenas in hopes of finding evidence or to prosecute Citizens
    for any alleged crime or violation. If the current CISPA is signed into
    law it is problematic federal, state and local law enforcement agencies
    and private government contractors will want access to prior Bush II
    NSA and other government illegally obtained electronic records to secure
    evidence to arrest Americans; civilly forfeit their homes, businesses
    and other assets under Title 18USC and other laws. Of obvious concern,
    what happens to fair justice in America if police become dependent on
    “Asset Forfeiture” to help pay their salaries and budget operating

    Note: the passed “Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000”
    (effectively eliminated) the “five year statue of limitations” for
    Government Civil Asset Forfeiture of property: the statute now runs five
    years (from the date) police allege they “learned” an asset became
    subject to forfeiture. If CISPA takes affect, allows (no warrant)
    electronic government surveillance of Americans, it is expected CISPA
    will be used by government not only to thwart cyber threats, but to
    aggressively prosecute Americans and businesses for any alleged crime:
    U.S. Government spy and police agencies; quasi government contractors
    for profit, will relentlessly sift through Citizen and businesses’
    (government retained Internet data), emails and phone communications) to
    discover possible crimes or civil violations. A corrupt U.S.
    Government Administration too easily use CISPA no-warrant-seized emails,
    faxes, Internet data and phone call information) to target, blackmail
    and extort its political opposition; target any Citizen, corporation and
    others in the manner Hitler used his Nazi passed legislation that
    permitted no-warrant Nazi police searches and seizure of Citizens and
    businesses or to extort support for the Nazi fascist government. Hitler
    Nazi Laws made it possible for the Nazis to strong-arm German parliament
    to pass Hitler’s 1933 Discriminatory Decrees that suspended the
    Constitutional Freedoms of German Citizens. History shows how that
    turned out.

    CISPA warrant-less electronic surveillance) has the potential of turning America into a Fascist Police State.