Privacy and civil liberties advocates have said much the same. According to some analysts, CISPA is nothing more than another attempt by major industry players to shove legislation through Congress that removes from them obligations to protect user privacy, that advocates for industry before individuals, and that is really nothing more than PIPA and SOPA rewritten in a way to make it sound like it addresses national security and the protection of children.
CISPA has five specific reasons for its existence, according to the legislation. The five reasons given include the protection of individuals from death or serious bodily harm; the protection of minors from child pornography; the protection of national security; cybersecurity; any investigation or prosecution of cybersecurity crimes, according to a report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The Electronic Frontier Foundation points out that “national security” is a term that can be used to justify just about any sort of invasion into privacy. Like other legislation passed through Congress over the past 10 years, CISPA is largely being marketed based on fear, paranoia and the belief that citizen privacy is the equivalent of a national security vulnerability.