The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (“CISA”), which the full Senate is expected to debate in the near future, does far more to increase surveillance and undermine transparency than to protect against cyber threats, according to 12 open government and civil liberties groups. The groups joined OpenTheGovernment.org in a letter urging the Senate to reject the bill in its entirety.
The letter highlights how the CISA (in Section 5) would increase the intelligence community’s access to Americans’ personal information without adequate legal protections against the use of “cyber-threat” information to investigate whistleblowers or conduct broad surveillance unrelated to specific cybersecurity threats. It would also (in Section 10) add a new and unnecessary exemption to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which has been a pillar of government transparency in an age of increasing government secrecy.
The full letter is available here.