Today Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) released the following statement about H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA). A vote on the bill is scheduled in the House of Representatives this week:
"Our country faces a serious challenge in securing both public and private networks from a wide variety of attacks. I would support narrowly-drafted legislation that allows the government and the private sector to share information when truly necessary for cybersecurity purposes, as long as it also includes robust privacy protections. Unfortunately, CISPA as currently drafted does not meet these criteria and therefore I cannot support it in its current form. I made suggestions to improve the bill to safeguard the privacy and due process rights of all Americans.
"CISPA could give the government far too much access to the online data of everyday Americans, like what websites we visit and what our emails say, as well as medical, educational, and financial records. The latest draft of this bill would allow the government to use this information for reasons other than cybersecurity.
"Without any requirements to strip out personally identifiable information that companies share with the government, CISPA, creates a backdoor to a treasure trove of data, far beyond what it needs to legitimately defend against cyber threats. CISPA could also give the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency direct access to this data, rather than leaving civilian agencies in charge of protecting domestic networks. If changes are not made to this bill to protect the rights of Americans, I will not be able to vote for the bill."