House Passes Cybersecurity Bill Despite Privacy Protests

On Wednesday the House of Representatives voted 307-116 to pass the Protecting Cyber Networks Act, a bill designed to allow more fluid sharing of cybersecurity threat data between corporations and government agencies. Your elected lawmakers ignored the fact that a few dozen privacy and civil liberties organizations say the act threatens to open up a new backchannel for surveillance of American citizens, in some cases granting the same companies legal immunity to share their users’ private data with government agencies that include the NSA.

“PCNA would significantly increase the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) access to personal information, and authorize the federal government to use that information for a myriad of purposes unrelated to cybersecurity,” reads a letter signed earlier this week by 55 civil liberties groups and security experts that includes the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Freedom of the Press Foundation, Human Rights Watch and many others.

Details may be found in an article by Andy Greenberg in Wired at http://www.wired.com/2015/04/house-passes-cybersecurity-bill-despite-privacy-protests.

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