For most people, however, sharing information about ourselves is just the way things work nowadays. We post every aspect of our lives online, from what weíre eating to our location to all the gritty details of last night. These companies already know all our secrets. In other words: privacy just ainít what it used to be. And I just donít see every Jack, Jill, and John getting their knickers in a knot over something that sounds like what they do on a regular basis ó share information ó or which many people believe is already happening: that Facebook, Google, Twitter, and every other Web company out there hands over our private information the second Uncle Sam looks at them funny. We are in Brave New World, not 1984.
Second ó and this is the real problem ó the CISPA opposition does not yet have the technology industry on its side. In fact, many of the most important players, the ones with the big scary guns, have already embedded themselves in the enemyís camp. Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Intel, AT&T, Verizon ó all of them (and many others) have already sent letters to congress voicing support for CISPA. And that should come as no surprise. Whereas SOPA and PIPA were bad for many companies that do business on the Internet, and burdened them with the unholy task of policing the Web (or facing repercussions if they didít), this bill makes life easier for them; it removes regulations and the risk of getting sued for handing over our information to The Law. Not to mention doing what the bill says itís going to do: protecting them from cyber threats.
In short: Supporting CISPA is in these companiesí interest. Supporting SOPA/PIPA was not.