CISPA Still Alive Through Secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)


It appears as though the advocacy groups fighting to defend our internet privacy won a battle when the U.S. Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) was recently struck down by the Senate.

CISPA was a proposal that “would allow the federal government to share private user information with corporations in situations of a suspected cyber threat,” (Dead Now: CISPA Halted in Senate, 2013). Yet, if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is allowed to move forward we could very well witness a CISPA on steroids. After all, the TPP carries much of the same damaging baggage as CISPA would have, and then some!

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), “CISPA represented a ‘dangerous’ level of access to private information, and would allow the National Security Agency to obtain online communications data without a warrant,” (Dead Now: CISPA Halted in Senate, 2013). So if CISPA represented such a threat to internet privacy, why is our President expressing so much excitement for the passage of the TPP, a secretive agreement that will, if implemented, be more of a threat to internet privacy that CISPA could ever hope to be!

It is odd that, while President Obama had threatened to veto CISPA due to its lack of personal privacy provisions, he is currently displaying great enthusiasm and support for the passage of the TPP. Odd, considering that some of the provisions that would be included in the TPP would deal specifically with intellectual property, including online copyright enforcement, anti-circumvention measures and Internet intermediary liability. Based on what little has leaked regarding the TPP, there should be concern amongst the general public, as some of the provisions outlined in the TPP would hinder privacy, freedom of expression and innovation on the Internet.

According to, specific threats that the TPP would pose include:

  • Criminalizing some of your everyday use of the Internet
  • Forcing service providers to collect and hand over your private data without privacy safeguards
  • Giving media conglomerates more power to fine you for Internet use,remove online content—including entire websites—and even terminate your access to the Internet
  • Creating a parallel legal system of international tribunals that will undermine national sovereignty and allow conglomerates to sue countries for laws that infringe on their profits

Clearly the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a dangerous threat to our everyday privacy rights and it needs to be stopped. We must speak out against our leaders and President Obama and demand that efforts to implement the TPP be stopped! Let your congressional representative know we must stop TPP now and send this article to ten of your friends and ask them to do the same!

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