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Massive advocacy surge forestalls cybersecurity showdown

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.

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Kick the can down the road

While modified by its principal authors, Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) and Ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), to respond to profound criticism from ALA and many other privacy advocates, S. 754 as it came to the Senate floor on Thursday remained a deeply troubling and flawed bill. Many Senators were and will again be prepared to offer amendments to blunt CISA’s sharpest anti-privacy edges.  Even if they succeed, however, the Senate’s final version of S. 754 still will have to be reconciled with the House’s very different cyber bills and the end product is unlikely to be one that civil liberties advocates, ALA among them, can support.

Summer may be a time for hammocks and naps, but not when it comes to making sure that every Senator knows just how bad a bill CISA is and just how much you want your Senator to  vote “NO” when and if it returns to the Senate floor. Stay tuned to District Dispatch, and ALA’s Twitter and Facebook pages, for more on when and how best to deliver that message.  For now, enjoy that lemonade in the shade; you earned it!

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