On Tuesday December 15th, the Government passed a law that makes sharing our private information easier. Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act; legislature shares citizens private information with the intention of protecting companies from cyber attacks. This bill gives agencies great liberties with how to handle personal information of clientele.
The bill is designed to protect the CORPORATIONS against hackers. After a long year of hackers infiltrating some of the largest tech corporations, it is no secret that they are at a peaked interest for cyber attacks. Basically the bill allows companies to share their data with Homeland Security, which can then pass the data around to other government agencies. On one side this sounds appealing, the government agencies role is to keep businesses in check. The problem lies within the broken trust between the Government and its people, and with trade groups such as Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and the Business Software Alliance (BSA). This created an uproar in opposition against the bill and it begs the question why the public should trust a bill that is untrusted by the companies it was created to protect. The bill loosely defines probable cause for invading individual users privacy to encompass anything they see fit. It’s obvious the public and the companies do not believe this new law will retain its integrity.
The truth is, if you do not have anything to hide then you don’t have anything to worry about. But for most people I believe it’s the principle of the government deciding they have a right to our data. One of the biggest fears opposers of the bill are facing is the oldest in the book. If they take control of our privacy today… Then what will they take tomorrow?