Privacy

Privacy coalition’s letter challenges Senate cyber security bill

June 27, 2014

The Senate's recently redrafted Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is facing strong opposition from a group of privacy advocates, who penned a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee warning the bill would encourage the sharing of information with U.S. intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA).

The letter, from 22 privacy groups, implied that the bill was tone-deaf to the concerns raised in the aftermath of the NSA spying scandal, noting that the agency had “engaged in questionable cybersecurity practices,” and stopped short of putting the proper boundaries on information-sharing and protecting personally identifiable information (PII).

“Instead of reining in the NSA surveillance, the bill would facilitate a vast flow of private communications data to the NSA,” said the letter from the group of privacy proponents, which includes the ACLU and the Center for Democracy and Technology.

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