28 Oct Senate Approves Controversial Cyber-Security Bill
Detractors are worried about where your personal data will end up if CISA becomes the law of the land.
The Senate today approved a controversial information-sharing bill that detractors argue is too vague and could put Web users’ personal information in the hands of the FBI and the NSA.
The differences must now be reconciled with a similar House bill in conference before being sent to President Obama, who has indicated he will sign it.
Bill sponsor Sen. Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican and chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, says the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) “helps protect personal privacy, by taking steps to stop future cyber-attacks before they happen, not after Americans personal, financial, and private information is stolen by foreign agents and criminal gangs.”
“This legislation creates a cybersecurity information sharing environment that allows participants to get a better understanding of the current cybersecurity threats that may be used against them,” he continued.
The bill has support from Democrats like Mark Warner of Virginia, who said today that it’s “critical we encourage increased coordination and information sharing, between companies and the government, in order to identify and protect against real threats.”