AMERICA’s Congress has been struggling for years to come up with legislation to address cyber-security issues, without success. Now it is trying yet again. On July 8th a draft bill, known as the Cyber Information Sharing Act, or CISA, cleared the Senate’s intelligence committee and will now be debated by the full chamber. The proposed legislation is likely to face stiff opposition from privacy groups, who have already given warning about some of its provisions.
We have been here before. In 2012 another cyber-security bill, the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), was heavily promoted by its supporters, but ended up being stymied because of concerns that it did not do enough to protect people’s privacy. Since then, Edward Snowden’s revelations about the mass surveillance activities of the National Security Agency (NSA) have made folk even warier of anything that could result in more information ending up in the hands of government.
That is why CISA faces an uphill struggle. The bill has provisions that would, among other things, encourage the government to share more classified information about cyber-threats with...Continue reading