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Technology giants oppose CISA cybersecurity bill

2015-10-22 03:16 by
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As the controversial security bill Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa) is now on the floor of the Senate, technology companies have expressed their protest against the legislation. The new act would give the US government new powers to spy on Americans by allowing sharing of information between technology companies and the Department of Homeland Security.

Apple, Dropbox, Google, Twitter and Wikipedia are among those opposing the CISA.

"We don't support the current CISA proposal," Apple said in a statement. "The trust of our customers means everything to us and we don't believe security should come at the expense of their privacy."

"While it's important for the public and private sector to share relevant data about emerging threats, that type of collaboration should not come at the expense of users’ privacy," Amber Cottle, head of Dropbox global public policy and government affairs said.

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), two leading tech industry trade associations, have also issued statements indicating that they oppose the CISA on privacy and security grounds.

It is expected that the bill could come up for a preliminary vote as early as Wednesday. In the Senate it has both bipartisan support and bipartisan opposition.

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