Oppose CISPA, Protect Openness and Accountability

In the interest of encouraging private companies to share cybersecurity threat information, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), HR 3523, includes a provision that cuts off all public access to cyber threat information shared under the bill. This provision is unwise and unnecessary because it ignores that much of the truly sensitive information companies are likely to share is already exempt under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and the terms used in the bill are so broad that there is no way for the public and Congress to understand the types of information that would end up being excluded from public disclosure. Furthermore, despite the fact the public may need access to some of the information shared under the bill in order to assess whether the government is adequately combating cybersecurity threats and, when necessary, hold officials accountable, the provision does not include a mechanism to weigh the public interest in releasing the information.

Join us in encouraging Members of Congress to reject CISPA as drafted and pass a bill that protects our cyber systems and openness and accountability.


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