Mozilla is first major tech company to denounce CISPA
While most Silicon Valley companies are keeping quiet about their thoughts on the cybersecurity bill, Mozilla speaks up.
Despite big name tech companies -- such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Oracle -- supporting the controversial Internet surveillance bill that passed in the House last week, Mozilla has come out against the legislation.
"While we wholeheartedly support a more secure Internet, CISPA has a broad and alarming reach that goes far beyond Internet security," the tech company wrote to Forbes reporter Andy Greenberg. "The bill infringes on our privacy, includes vague definitions of cybersecurity, and grants immunities to companies and government that are too broad around information misuse."
Mozilla is the first major tech company to unreservedly speak out against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA.
The day after thein a 248-168 vote, Microsoft said that and any new law must allow "us to honor the privacy and security promises we make to our customers." However, it still hasn't withdrawn support for the legislation.
Other tech companies that support the bill are Facebook, Oracle, Symantec, Verizon, AT&T, Intel, and trade association CTIA, which counts representatives of T-Mobile, Sybase, Nokia, and Qualcomm as board members.
If passed by the Senate, CISPA would not formally grant the NSA or Homeland Security any additional surveillance authority. But it wouldbetween companies and government agencies -- with limited oversight and privacy safeguards.
In its e-mail to Forbes, Mozilla wrote, "We hope the Senate takes the time to fully and openly consider these issues with stakeholder input before moving forward with this legislation."