Senate passes CISA; negotiations with House next

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Yesterday, after years of contention and literally millions of grassroots messages opposing it, the US Senate passed CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S. 754), by a vote of 74 – 21.  The senate action comes despite broad public and private sector opposition for many reasons detailed in District Dispatch. As the NY Times reported, the move comes notwithstanding the ... Read More »

Vote on CISA, flawed cybersecurity bill, imminent

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It’s baaaaa-aaaack! S. 754, the often and aptly tagged “zombie” Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) reemerged this month in the Senate in new and, to be fair, somewhat improved guise. Massive opposition by a broad coalition of companies and civil society groups, including ALA, kept an even worse version from a vote this summer. But make no mistake; ... Read More »

Massive advocacy surge forestalls cybersecurity showdown

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Congratulations! You, and more than 6 million other fax-firing outraged citizens, helped convince the Senate on its last day of pre-recess debate not to take up S. 754, the privacy-hostile Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). . . at least until Congress returns after Labor Day. While modified by its principal authors, Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) and Ranking Democrat ... Read More »

Urgent: Help rebury “zombie” cybersecurity bill

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It’s back to the “barricades” for librarians and our many civil liberties coalition allies. Just over a year ago, District Dispatch sounded the alarm about the return of privacy-hostile “cybersecurity” or “information sharing” legislation. Again dubbed a “zombie” for its ability to rise from the legislative dead, the current version of the bill (S. 754) goes by the innocuous name ... Read More »

Senate leaders rush end-run on personal privacy

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Apparently Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) learned nothing from the overwhelming outpouring of opposition to the worst of the USA PATRIOT Act earlier this month. They’re using the Senate Rules to try to ram through – as early as tomorrow – privacy-hostile legislation that’s received no public hearing or Senate floor ... Read More »