The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) made its way through and passed the Senate procedural vote on Thursday.
“There is an urgent and compelling need for cybersecurity legislation,” DHS Security Director, and recent data breach victim, Jeh Johnson said, “to strengthen our ability to protect the American public, American businesses large and small, and the federal civilian .gov system.”
The White House also voiced support for the bill:
“The Administration supports Senate passage of [CISA], while continuing to work with the Congress as [CISA] moves through the legislative process to ensure further important changes are made to the bill, including, but not limited to, preserving the leadership of civilian agencies in domestic cybersecurity.”
CISA is meant to allow the sharing of internet traffic information between the government and technology and manufacturing companies, however many of the companies it is supposed to help actually do not support the bill.
The Computer & Communications Industry Association, a trade group that multiple tech and communications companies are a part of, including Microsoft, Yahoo and Google, claim that CISA does not provide enough security to protect users’ privacy, nor does it put high enough limits on how the information shared with the government can be used. They also argue that “the bill authorizes entities to employ network defense measures that might cause collateral harm to the systems of innocent third parties” in their blog.
“We don’t support the current CISA proposal,” Apple’s statement read, “The trust of our customers means everything to us and we don’t believe security should come at the expense of their privacy.”
“While it’s important for the public and private sector to share relevant data about emerging threats,” Amber Cottle, head of Dropbox global public policy and government affairs said, “that type of collaboration should not come at the expense of users’ privacy.”
The bill passed the procedural vote 83 to 14, with strong bipartisan support. Amendments are currently up for discussion. The House of Representatives has already passed their version of CISA.
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