Senate passes controversial CISA cybersecurity bill2015-10-29 03:08 by Daniela
The US Senate has overwhelmingly passed the controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) with a vote of 74 to 21.
CISA, will encourage private companies to share security data with the federal government. Of course, this may include personal user data as well. Companies that share data with federal agencies, will have legal and liability protections from lawsuits concerning data sharing.
The idea is to help U.S. companies react more quickly to cyberattacks on their computer systems. If a company gets hit with a specific type of hack, the federal government would receive an alert and immediately distribute warnings to other companies.
However, according to critics of the bill, it will be just another tool in the spying arsenal of the NSA. Civil rights groups and technology companies claim that the proposed act, is a surveillance bill in disguise and could allow government intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency to get access to personal information of users.
The House has already passed similar legislation, and the two versions will now enter a conference committee, to be reconciled before being sent to President Obama.
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