Open Government, Privacy, and Civil Liberties Groups Oppose CISA

On June 26th, 35 groups wrote to members of Congress urging them to oppose the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 (CISA). The bill would create a "gaping loophole in existing privacy law," allowin gthe government to ask private companies to "voluntarily" share sensitive information that could be used to investigate and prosecute government whistleblowers. 

CISA also presents a threat to the public's right to know, exempting information about cybersecurity efforts from disclosure under the FOIA and state and local sunshine laws. Transparency is necessary to hold the government and private companies accountable for their handling of the public's private information. 

See the groups' recommendations to Congress and the full letter here

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