Positions on CISA being staked out preceding floor fight

As debate over the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) is set to reach the Senate floor perhaps as early as next week, some technology and privacy groups have amped up their positions.
As debate over the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) is set to reach the Senate floor perhaps as early as next week, some technology and privacy groups have amped up their positions.

As debate over the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) is set to reach the Senate floor early next week, some technology and privacy groups have amped up their positions, according to political newspaper The Hill.

While a Sept. 14 letter from The Software Alliance, also known as BSA, seemed to express support for the bill, following a backlash from privacy group Fight for the Future, it subsequently reframed its position to assert its opposition.

"For clarity, BSA does not support any of the three current bills pending before Congress, including the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act," the trade group stated on its website.

A signee to the letter, Salesforce, was also forced to respond to the backlash, admitting a mistake had been made and clarifying that it too was opposed to the bill.

However, the rhetoric illustrates the tightwire act security vendors walk these days as they respond to concerns over privacy while surveillance capabilities evolve.

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