Many of the biggest technology companies in the world are opposing a US cybersecurity bill that it is feared could lead to the invasion of citizens’ privacy.
The Senate will soon vote on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa), which has wide support across parties and is endorsed by Obama and is intended to allow government agencies and companies to share information about cybersecurity threats. But it is being opposed by most of the world’s tech giants — as well as the government agency that it is intended to help.
The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CISA), which represents companies including Google and Facebook, has written an open letter arguing that the bill could cause “collateral harm” to innocent internet users.
The group recognised that it was important to ensure that threats are shared to ensure that people remain safe.
“However, CCIA is unable to support CISA as it is currently written,” the association’s policy counsel wrote. “CISA’s prescribed mechanism for sharing of cyber threat information does not sufficiently protect users’ privacy or appropriately limit the permissible uses of information shared with the government.
“In addition, the bill authorizes entities to employ network defense measures that might cause collateral harm to the systems of innocent third parties.”(The Independent)