CISPA Survey: Many Don’t Know About New Legislation

Since the downfall of SOPA months ago, the tech community has been on the lookout for new legislation aiming to do many of the same things attempted by the unpopular bill. Now, the Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has caught the attention of many by attempting to make it easier for companies and the government to share information about possible cybersecurity threats. Do Americans think this is a good idea? Or does it go too far like SOPA?



In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, just 11% of respondents know about CISPA and what it says. Another 18% said they’ve heard of it but don’t know exactly what it means. And 72% have never heard of it at all. Of those who know about the legislation, 72% are against it. Just 9% are for it, and 19% are still undecided.

Privacy Issues

Overall, 43% of respondents said they think there should be a law further protecting intellectual property and private or government information online. 22% believe there should not be such a law, and 36% had no opinion on the matter. However, many believe a law like this can cross into dangerous territory as far as personal privacy and the ability for companies to share personal information about users with the government.

Facebook has recently come under fire for its support of CISPA, and many are worried that the social networking giant would easily be able to share information about its users if such a law were to pass. 71% of respondents said they worry about Facebook sharing their personal information.


So far, CISPA has not gained the amount of attention that SOPA did. 53% of overall respondents said they know about the Stop Online Privacy Act. But it was public outcry that mainly kept that legislation from going any further. Will the same happen with CISPA?

The widget below shows the results of the survey in full. Be sure to click “open full report” for full details.

Photo Credit: LG at National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at NIST from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on April 15 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.