Mozilla lashes Out at CISPA; First Major Player to Do So

May 2, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Finally, somebody from among the big name tech companies are coming out and raising their voice against the controversial Internet Surveillance bill.

The bill that gives exceptional power to government agencies to facilitate information sharing between private organizations in a way that is widely feared to affect privacy and cripple internet freedom is now getting a slap from one of the major names in the open source web sphere – Mozilla.

Passed last week, the bill has been severely criticized by rights activists and experts in the field. Showing allegiance to the fears of those who doubts the CISPA, Mozilla criticized the bill in a recent letter to a Forbes reporter.

In the letter, Mozilla points out that though they support a more secure internet, they doubt that CISPA, since its present forms go beyond just internet security and has an alarming reach.

Detailing their protest, Mozilla made it clear that they believe CISPA will result in serious privacy infringement with its vague definitions of internet security.

The open source entity which is known for its efforts to keep the web free, secure and open has also commented that the bill grants immunities “to companies and government that are too broad around information misuse.”

Mozilla thus happens to be the first major tech company to speak out against CISPA in public. Meanwhile, the bill has found some of its supporters from the technology field like Microsoft backing away recently.

Microsoft which has earlier announced support to the bill, has said that the law must allow companies like Microsoft to “to honor the privacy and security promises we make to our customers.”

However, companies like Facebook, Oracle, Symantec, Verizon, AT&T and Intel are still supporting the bill.

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