Leading domain name registrar Namecheap has rung the alarm to fight against newly rebirthed CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. Relaunched earlier this week, CISPA poses a threat to of all Internet freedoms, giving the U.S. government the authority to access your private online activity without due process. Namecheap has sent a mailer to notify all its subscribers about this significant issue.
According to Richard Kirkendall, CEO of Namecheap, “CISPA is advocated under the premise of anti-terrorism legislation, but like its squashed predecessor SOPA, is so broad that it threatens to endanger the privacy of every Internet-connected law abiding citizen.”
– Richard Kirkendall, CEO, Namecheap.
“CISPA is just another re-hashed version of SOPA, which was vehemently opposed by the entire internet community,” Kirkendall said. “This is another attempt by congress to backdoor this anti-privacy and pro censorship legislation while everyone is sleeping. We want to sound the alarm and bring attention to this while we all can still take action.”
After donating more than $100,000 to Electronic Frontier Foundation in the last 13 months, Namecheap again is running a fundraising effort to raise more money to keep this fight alive. Donations will be made at $0.10 per Facebook share or Twitter retweet of Namecheap’s official CISPA stance. Additionally, promotional code CISPAalert has been created for $1 off com/net/org registrations and transfers to Namecheap. Using this code, $0.10 will be donated per domain registered or transferred.
“EFF is pleased to stand with Namecheap in voicing strong opposition to the CISPA legislation recently re-introduced in the House. We thank Namecheap users for their much-needed support and generosity. With the support of the Namecheap community, EFF can continue the fight for digital rights on behalf of all Internet users,” said Shari Steele, Executive Director, EFF.
Namecheap is a Los Angeles-based ICANN accredited domain registrar founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Kirkendall. With over 1,000,000 clients and millions of domain names under management, Namecheap is one of the top domain registrars in the world and also offers web hosting services. Find out more by visiting www.namecheap.com.
*Information regarding the CISPA act can be found on The Washington Post.