Apple, Google Criticize ‘Creepy’ Anti-Hacking Bill: Fails to Protect Privacy, Does Little to Prevent Cyber Attacks

Tech companies Google and Apple are raising the alarm over the passage of CISA, a controversial cybersecurity bill which passed the Senate on Tuesday.

Apple, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, T-Mobile, Twitter, Yelp, Reddit and others have come out against CISA’s cybersecurity bill, criticizing the current language of the bill and arguing it’s inefficient when it comes to actually tackling hacking or other online attacks. The law allows the sharing of Internet traffic information between the U.S. government and technology and manufacturing companies.

Other companies also opposing the law include Adobe, Inc., Altium, Autodesk, CA Technologies, DataStax, IBM, Microsoft, Minitab, Oracle, Salesforce.com, Siemens, and Symantec.

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA S. 2588 (113th Congress), S. 754 (114th Congress)) is a law to “improve cybersecurity in the United States through enhanced sharing of information about cybersecurity threats, and for other purposes.” The bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate on July 10, 2014, and passed in the Senate October 27, 2015.

CISA has also been criticized by advocates of Internet privacy and civil liberties, such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) on Tuesday, a controversial bill that has technology companies and security advocates concerned over future data protections. Lawmakers also struck down four proposed amendments to improve users’ security. Anya Parampil reports on government and activist responses.



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