Barely reported in the mainstream media in the last couple of weeks was the controversial passing of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, or CISA. Paving a “smoother” reporting highway between the government and corporations, CISA, as Wired reports, “alarmed the privacy community by giving companies the ability to share cybersecurity information with federal agencies, including the NSA, ‘notwithstanding any other provision of law.’ That means CISA’s information-sharing channel, ostensibly created for responding quickly to hacks and breaches, could also provide a loophole in privacy laws that enabled intelligence and law enforcement surveillance without a warrant.”
Sparking the ire of many tech groups such as Apple, Twitter, and Redditt, CISA was officially passed into law on December 18th by being sneakily packaged as part of an omnibus bill. An updated version of an already decried act, the new CISA passed in the bill “strips away many of the previous anonymization provisions…which has drawn significant criticism from the security community,” The Verge reports. “In effect, the new language clears the way for an open channel between tech companies and the government, unaffected by existing privacy laws.”
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