CISA Data-Sharing Bill Passes Senate With No Privacy Protections

There was unanimous opposition to the bill across the tech industry.

The senator votes on one of the most controversial draft laws in the 115th Congress (Image: C-SPAN live stream)

A controversial draft law, which one senator called a "surveillance bill by another name," has passed the Senate. CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S. 754), will allow private companies to share cyber-threat data with the federal government, including personal user data, in an effort to prevent cyberattacks, such as those on the

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CISA’s Privacy Safeguard Can Be Overruled By The FBI, NSA, Or Any Federal Agency

The current version of CISA would allow any one of the many federal agencies using the data-sharing portal to override that “scrubbing” process, which is one of the few privacy safeguards in the controversial bill.

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The cybersecurity bill that would let companies share cyber-threat data with the government contains a privacy provision with a major loophole. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), which cleared a preliminary hurdle on Thursday, promotes the sharing of cyber threat data between businesses, like Facebook, and the federal government.

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Internet Activists Sending Thousands Of Faxes To Congress In Protest Of CISA Cybersecurity Bill

“Maybe they don’t get it because they’re stuck in 1984, and we figured we’d use some 80s technology to try to get our point across.”

Internet activists determined to halt what they see as another ill-conceived Washington cybersecurity bill are hitting Congress where it hurts: right in the fax machine. Protesters have programmed eight separate phone lines to convert emails sent from a handy box at FaxBigBrother.com (as well as tweets with the hashtag #faxbigbrother) to

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Senate Intelligence Committee Advances Terrible “̶C̶y̶b̶e̶r̶s̶e̶c̶u̶r̶i̶t̶y̶”̶ ̶B̶i̶l̶l Surveillance Bill In Secret Session

The newest Senate Intelligence bill joins other cybersecurity information sharing legislation like Senator Carper’s Cyber Threat Sharing Act of 2015. All of them are largely redundant.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the new chair (and huge fan of transparency) may have set a record as he kept the bill secret until Tuesday night.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the new chair (and huge fan of transparency) may have set a record as he kept the bill secret until Tuesday night. The Senate Intelligence Committee advanced a terrible cybersecurity bill called the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) to the Senate floor last week. The new chair (and huge fan of

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Senate Committee Secretly Approves New Domestic Spying Measures

The spying bill is named the “Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act” [CISA].

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. arrives to pose for photographers in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. arrives to pose for photographers in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 11, 2015.   The junior Senator, who launched his political career by  advocating for the prosecution of journalists who share government 'secrets', is a signatory to the Cyber-security Information Sharing Act. (TFC) – While

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Former NSA Chief: Why I’m Worth $1 Million A Month To Wall Street

Critics say Keith Alexander’s rapid move to the private sector is cause for concern.

Former NSA Director Keith Alexander says his services warrant a fee of up to a million dollars, due to a cyber-surveillance technique he and his partners at his new security firm IronNet Cybersecurity have developed, Foreign Policy reported on Tuesday. The claim follows reporting earlier this month that Alexander is slated to head a 'cyber-war

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