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#Compliance: Twitter buzzing about CISPA cybersecurity bill

Social media has been buzzing of late about the House passage of CISPA, as opponents argue the cybersecurity bill is a huge hit to consumer privacy.

Social media is a great tool for reaching out and connecting with like-minded professionals in the compliance space. However, with the speed of business and a healthy dose of incoming work, it's tough to babysit a Facebook profile or a Google Plus stream, and you always feel like you miss the best tweets. We get that. That's why we're mining our list of GRC literati for their nuggets of insight, wisdom and the occasional chuckle.

As most of the nation was enthralled with the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt, on April 18th the House quietly passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The controversial cybersecurity bill, which was passed by the House a year ago but turned down in the Senate, would increase information sharing between the government and the public sector in an attempt to prevent cyberattacks.

The current CISPA bill again faces opposition in the Senate, with CISPA opponents remaining skeptical about its impact on consumer privacy. Notable opposition comes from the American Civil Liberties Union and Mozilla, while supporters include Apple, Microsoft, Oracle Corp. and Verizon.

Immediately following the House's CISPA passage, social media was abuzz with those giving their opinions on the cybersecurity bill. Here are some Twitter users' thoughts on CISPA from the last few days.

Self-proclaimed hacktivist group Anonymous led the charge against the revised cybersecurity bill, with prolific tweets spurring its followers to action.

The Twitter account linked to Anonymous called out the golden opportunity for Congress to have a smoke screen and hide its CISPA activities.

Thomas H. Ptacek, principal and founder of Matasano Security in Chicago, was critical of the legislature's shortsighted view of CISPA, with a succession of thought-provoking tweets.

The CISPA legislation comes on the heels of the failed SOPA and PIPA acts, all of which came under fire for threatening Fourth Amendment Rights against "unreasonable searches and seizures." The Tweetizens took up the only weapons readily at hand -- quick and prolific social media updates -- and rallied the Technorati against the cybersecurity bill.

With further calls to action from cyber communities such as Reddit and Stan Lee's Comikaze, Anonymous led a CISPA Blackout on April 22, 2013. As of press time, over 400 websites went dark in opposition to the cybersecurity bill. Twitter users brandished the hashtags #StopCISPA and #CISPABlackout in efforts to draw attention to the impending legislation and their concerns about loss of privacy.

What do you think? How do you feel about CISPA? Does the cybersecurity bill impinge upon U.S. constitutional rights? Voice your concerns in the comments. We'd love to hear from you.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Ben Cole, associate editor. For more regulatory compliance news and updates throughout the week, follow us on Twitter @ITCompliance.

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