GOP, Big Business Seek To Expand Domestic Surveillance With CISA

Posted: June 11, 2015 in Tech

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Only a week after Congress passed reforms to curb Patriot Act spying, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and big business lobbyists are moving to expand domestic surveillance.

The US Chamber of Commerce announced in a statement that it would rate members of the Senate on their annual “How They Voted” scorecard based on whether they support the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA).

The CISA would bolster information sharing between corporations and the federal government and has been a legislative priority of the Chamber of Commerce for the last few years.

McConnell is pitching the measure as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is currently pending on the Senate floor. This move limits the ability of other Senators to further modify the proposal, which overwhelmingly passed the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this year.

The CISA offers incentives, such as liability protection, for private companies that voluntarily share cyber threat data with the federal government. Big business has lobbied for the CISA because it is a way to offload cybersecurity business costs onto government.

Full Story @ [RT]

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  1. […] passed reforms to curb Patriot Act spying, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and big business lobbyists are moving to expand domestic surveillance with CISA (Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of […]

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