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Controversial new cybersecurity law may compromise privacy

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January 26, 2016

Controversial new cybersecurity law may compromise privacy

The White House endorsed the bill even before it passed the Senate, so it was no surprise that the president signed the must-pass federal budget bill to which the House of Representatives added CISA in December. And while the White House previously identified the need for more robust privacy protection, the bill passed with no improvements to CISA’s privacy provisions. “One of the main things we were searching for was for companies to scrub personal data, and that did not make it into the bill,” says Mark Jaycox, a legislative analyst at Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is defending civil liberties in the digital world.

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