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Who supports and opposes CISPA?

Because CISPA gives legal immunity to companies already collecting personal and sensitive user and customer data of ordinary US residents, many major web and technology companies are in favor of the Bill.

Tech companies such as Microsoft, Google, and IBM, and cellular giants AT&T and Verizon, as well as banks and financial firms like the American Bankers Association and the Chamber of Commerce, have all endorsed the current version of CISPA.

While Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks have not endorsed or openly supported the current version of CISPA, they backed previous iterations of the Bill. (Facebook and Microsoft reportedly backed away from CISPA after previously coming out in favor of it. However, Microsoft’s membership to lobbying group TechNet suggests otherwise.)

A full list of CISPA (H.R. 624) supporters can be found here.

As you might expect, a number of major civil liberties groups reject the principles surrounding CISPA. The EFF, the ACLU, and Reporters Without Borders have all expressed their opposition to the Bill. Firefox maker Mozilla has also criticized the Bill, and even Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, opposes CISPA.

More than 1.4 million people have signed online petitions for Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, and members of Congress to relinquish their support of the Bill — whether currently or in the past.

Source: Associated Press


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