This ones a no brainer folks, recently an amendment blocking CISPA the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, that would allow employers to gain access to your passwords on Facebook and whatever social network you use, was blocked. This is serious when you consider what employers would and could do if they had access to your passwords.
The provision, proposed by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Co.), was voted down 224-189, with Republicans constituting the majority.
“This is a very simple amendment that really does two things,” Perlmutter told the House Thursday, before the vote. “It helps the individual protect his right to privacy and it doesn’t allow the employer to impersonate that particular employee when other people are interacting with that person across social media platforms.”
While Perlmutter warned of breached privacy and the potential to impersonate employees, as U.S. News & World Report notes, CISPA sponsor Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) called the Democratic congressman’s proposal an attempt to kill the bill.
Well…yeah. This is a complete violation of our amendment rights and would set us back hundreds of years if this were to go through. It’s already bad enough that most employers already check Facebook to see if whether an applicant is worthy of employment, so this added push would bring this whole thing to a head and could lead to some serious cases of identity fraud.
People have an expectation of privacy when using social media like Facebook and Twitter. They have an expectation that their right to free speech and religion will be respected when they use social media outlets. No American should have to provide their confidential personal passwords as a condition of employment. Both users of social media and those who correspond share the expectation of privacy in their personal communications. Employers essentially can act as imposters and assume the identity of an employee and continually access, monitor and even manipulate an employee’s personal social activities and opinions. That’s simply a step too far.
Though CISPA passed the House, 288 to 127, it could very likely be killed in the Senate — as the first version of the cybersecurity legislation was — or face a veto from the White House, which has already threatened the controversial legislation.
In the meantime, Anonymous has called for an Internet blackout on April 22 to protest CISPA.
I ask those of you out there running a website , blog or maybe your just a Facebook subscriber, to join us in this protest and black out your site today (which is the internet equivalent of maintaining radio silence) and remember to remind people why your doing it. Live Free or Die!