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Coalition Urges Obama to Oppose Senate’s Cybersecurity Info Sharing Bill

cybersecuritySixty-eight security analysts, technology firms and civil society organizations have formed a coalition to block passage of a Senate bill that calls for cyber threat intelligence sharing between the government and industry.

The group on Monday sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to pledge to veto the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015.

The letter’s signees said they believe the legislation does not go far enough to protect personal information and address privacy, civil liberties and liability issues.

They warned that the bill would allow federal, state and local government agencies to use threat indicators for investigation of identity theft, trade secret violations, robbery, arson, carjacking and other non-cyber crimes.

CISA would also undermine privacy and civilian control by allowing federal recipients of cybersecurity data from companies to automatically disseminate that information “without delay or modification to remove personal information” to defense and intelligence agencies, the coalition added.

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