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Radio News: Tech companies come out against CISA

Oct 21, 2015 10:09 pm
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The Washington Post reports many major tech companies the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), a so-called cybersecurity bill expected to see a vote in the U.S. Senate next week. Yelp, reddit, Twitter, Apple, Dropbox, and the Wikimedia Foundation, all have come out against the bill. "The trust of our customers means everything to us and we don't believe security should come at the expense of their privacy," Apple's statement on the issue said. Google, Facebook, and Yahoo are lobbying through the Computer and Communications Industry Association against the bill too. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Oct. 20 that the bill allows companies to share information on “cyber threats” with the government — but not personal data. "Things like Social Security numbers, addresses, passwords and credit information would be unrelated to a cyber threat and would, except in very exceptional circumstances, be removed," Feinstein said. Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden is against the bill, and said, "If you share more information without strong privacy protections, millions of Americans will say, 'That is not a cybersecurity bill. It is a surveillance bill.'" The bill is expected to pass the Senate next week, and has support from President Obama.