Mozilla wades into CISPA

The Mozilla Foundation has become the first IT company to slam the US Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

The IT industry has been strangely quiet about the act even if there has been a lot of anger about the bill on the internet.

Now Mozilla’s Privacy and Public Policy has issued a statement which slams the bill completely.

A statement from Mozilla said that CISPA has a broad and alarming reach that goes far beyond internet security. The proposed law not only infringes on privacy, it also includes vague definitions of cybersecurity, and grants immunities to companies and government that are far too broad.

The Foundation hopes that the Senate takes the time to fully and openly consider its points before moving forward with the daft law.

CISPA was supposed to allow the sharing of cybersecurity threat information between the private sector and the government.

In actual fact it allows firms to share users’ private data with spooks.

You know that the law is trouble because the House of Representatives added a few late amendments to make it look like it was protecting children from paedophiles in a desperate bid to get support.

CISPA’s official supporters include Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Oracle and Symantec.

Forbes has reported that Microsoft appears to be getting cold feet about the bill because of privacy concerns.

Google is the only major Web firm that has yet to take a stance on CISPA.

Mozilla is the first to break ranks with the others in the IT industry.