The CFAA isn’t the only law groups like Demand Progress is worried about. Congress is also working on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which would allow private companies and public agencies more leeway to share information about Internet users’ activity and which has implications for privacy that worry groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union. Republicans are planning to bring that bill to a vote on the House floor this week. And this bill’s harder to get people to rally around—unlike the CFAA, it doesn’t have a human face.

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Sarah Laskow is a writer and editor in New York City. Her work has appeared in print and online in Grist, Good, The American Prospect, Salon, The New Republic, and other publications.