Reprinted from The Guardian
Under the vague guise of "cybersecurity," the Senate voted on Tuesday to pass the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa), a spying bill that essentially carves a giant hole in all our privacy laws and allows tech and telecom companies to hand over all sorts of private information to intelligence agencies without any court process whatsoever. Make no mistake: Congress has passed a surveillance bill in disguise, with no evidence it'll help our security.
Try asking the bill's sponsors how the bill will prevent cyber-attacks or force companies and governments to improve their defenses. They can't answer. They will use buzzwords like "info-sharing" yet will conveniently ignore the fact that companies and the government can already share information with each other as is.
There were barely any actual cybersecurity experts who were for the bill. A large group of respected computer scientists and engineers were against it. So were cyberlaw professors. Civil liberties groups uniformly opposed (and were appalled by) the bill. So did consumer groups. So did the vast majority of giant tech companies. Yet it still sailed through the Senate, mostly because lawmakers -- many of whom can barely operate their own email -- know hardly anything about the technology that they're crafting legislation about.