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Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

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Mr. POLIS. I thank the gentleman.

This bill, unfortunately, hurts what it purports to help. It's detrimental to job growth, innovation, and privacy.

We talked a bit about the process whereby a number of amendments that would have improved it were not allowed to be discussed or voted on on the floor. And there are still enormous flaws with this bill which need to be addressed.

Look, to the extent that companies believe that information-sharing is important, it should be done in a way that's consistent with sanctity of contract. If there's something that gets in the way of information-sharing, we need to identify it. That hasn't been identified.

Clearly, the answer is not to say whatever a company agrees upon with a personal user, even if explicitly it says we're going to keep your information private, the minute after that's agreed to by a user, the company would be completely indemnified by turning all this information, personal information, credit card information, address, everything, over to the government.

Now, why not remove anything?

Why not just pass along the parts that are related to cybersecurity?

There's no incentive to do so. Had there been a requirement that reasonable efforts were taken to delete personal data, that would have been a step in the right direction. But, again, it's an extra cost with no benefit for the company to delete personal data because they're completely indemnified with regard to this matter without the consent of the user himself.

What happens to this information once it reaches the government?

It can be shared with any government agency. It can be shared with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the National Security Agency, the Food and Drug Administration. Again, the limitations are so open-ended that anything that relates even to a minor scratch or a cut, issues completely unrelated to cybersecurity, things that could be related to dog bites, essentially any information.

Part of the problem here, there are cyber attacks everywhere. I ran an e-commerce site. Tens of thousand every day. I mean, any e-commerce company experiences this every day, so it's a reality every day. Everything is a potential cybersecurity threat. There's people cracking passwords every day.

So all information is affected by this, under this bill, in its present form, turned over to the government, shared with every agency relating to any bodily injury or harm, and we haven't been offered an opportunity to amend that.

So I encourage my colleagues to vote ``no'' on this bill. We can and we must do better for our country.

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