CISA surveillance bill passes U.S. Senate

Oct 27, 2015 10:44 pm
The Senate voted 74 to 21 Oct. 27 in favor of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. The bill was called by some senators necessary for national defense, while others said was another needless way for the government to surveil its citizens.

The Senate passed a version of CISA close to legislation passed in the House earlier this year, but the details will have to be worked out in committee. “The incentive and the framework it creates is for companies to quickly and massively collect user information and ship it to the government,” said Mark Jaycox, a legislative analyst for the civil liberties group the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Wired reported that Apple, Reddit, Twitter, the Business Software Alliance, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, and other tech firms oppose the bill. "Even the Department of Homeland Security itself has warned in a July letter that the bill could flood the agency with information of 'dubious value' at the same time as it 'sweep[s] away privacy protections,'" Wired reported.

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