The Cybersecurity Act (S. 2105) Threatens Online Rights
"The Cybersecurity Act (S. 2105), sponsored by Sen. Lieberman and Sen. Collins, compromises core American civil liberties in the name of detecting
and thwarting network attacks. While Internet security is of the utmost importance, safeguarding our networks need not come at the expense of our
online freedoms. That’s why civil liberties groups, security experts, and Internet users oppose this bill."
Frequently Asked Questions About the Lieberman-Collins Cyber Security Act
The bill uses dangerously vague language to define "cybersecurity threat indicators" (information that companies can share with the government),
leaving the door open to abuse (intentional or accidental) in which companies share protected user information with the government without a judge
ever getting involved.
Will Internet companies be able to intercept and read my email?
Under this bill, how are “cybersecurity threats” defined?
How are “cybersecurity threat indicators” defined?
In addition to monitoring, what else can companies do?
What are countermeasures and how would they work?
How are “countermeasures” different from ordinary behavior already in widespread use by ISPs and companies to protect their networks?
Does this bill create new exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act?
Under the Cybersecurity Act, if a company improperly hands over my information to the government, do I have an effective remedy?
What is a “cybersecurity exchange” and how would it work?
Will the new “cybersecurity exchange” create new bureaucracies?
What safeguards are in place to ensure that this legislation won’t be used as a method of sharing data with the National Security Agency?
Can cyber security threat indicators collected under this legislation be used for other, unrelated purposes?
Whoa! Sharing what “appears to relate to a crime” is crazily broad, and surely will impinge on civil liberties. Does the Cyber Security Act throw
me a bone, with some sort of vague promise to maybe think about civil liberties in the future?
If the Cyber Security Act passes the Senate, will we have a chance to fight it in the House?
There are amendments pending on this bill. Will it get better or worse for civil liberties?
How can I speak out against this bill?
to the above
questions can be found here.