Corporations should not be in the business of sharing the private information of American citizens absent a warrant issued by a U.S. court.
Pembroke Pines, Fl (PRWEB) May 03, 2012
UmeNow announced today that it is initiating a new campaign, "CISPA Hurts Americans."
"Supporters of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, CISPA, say we need this law to catch bad actors on the world stage who attempt to wage cyber war against us. Problem is that CISPA allows companies to spy on ordinary Americans and good people everywhere, violating basic privacy rights. We are asking all patriotic Americans to write their Senators. Tell them to vote NO on CISPA and other laws like it that assume spying on Americans is the way to keep us safe," stated Evelyn Castillo-Bach, CEO of UmeNow, the 'People's Network.'
PCWorld has reported that CISPA "amends the National Security Act of 1947 to allow private corporations and US intelligence services to share intel about cyber threats – essentially breaking down the walls between the spooks and the suits....allows fairly indiscriminate sharing of any information, normal privacy protections be damned."
More recently, Mozilla issued a statement to Forbes citing its objections to CISPA, stating that it "has a broad and alarming reach that goes far beyond Internet security. 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 oppose CISPA.
"Corporations should not be in the business of sharing private information about American citizens absent a warrant issued by a U.S. court. To catch the bad guys, let's talk about laws that target them. CISPA is a false solution to a real problem. Spying on all Americans and anyone in the world using the services of an American company is un-American and won't make us safe. It will undermine our democracy," stated Castillo-Bach, who is also an outspoken privacy advocate who frequently blogs within the In the News section of UmeNow.
UmeNow promotes itself as the "People's Network." It has banned all tracking and all ads.
Multiple Walls for friends, families, colleagues and groups.
Private photo gallery.
Love-n-Likes section where members share with each other without friending.
Blog section that permits posting anonymously, with a real name, or a pseudonym.
Option to share blogs with the whole world or friends only.
Ability to edit or delete anything posted, at anytime.
Simple and clear privacy settings.
When something is deleted, the company deletes it forever.
Zero tolerance for cyberbullying.
Zero tolerance for data mining and data brokers.
Zero tolerance for tracking, face recognition technology, and other spy tools.
UmeNow has a 2-tier membership structure. Anyone may join for free and enjoy many of the site features. Free members and subscribed members receive the same level of privacy protection. Premium level members who subscribe for $6.00/ month have access to all site areas.
Evelyn Castillo-Bach is the founder of UmeNow and Collegiate Nation. UmeNow entered into its silent launch in July 2011. Collegiate Nation--also known as GoCNCN.com-- is the first and only private network exclusively for college students. Castillo-Bach was interviewed earlier this year by Miami television to address privacy issues impacting college students.
Both UmeNow.com and Collegiate Nation are known for fiercely protecting the privacy rights of its members. All ads, third party apps and games are banned because they are back doors to tracking and extracting private information. Castillo-Bach earned her M.S. in 1993 from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has traveled extensively in Ethiopia and in the Balkans, accompanying her Danish husband who is a lawyer.