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Protecting our Privacy and Bolstering Cybersecurity


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On Thursday April, 26, 2012, I voted against H.R. 3523, the "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act' (CISPA). As the Ranking Member on the House Homeland Security Subcommittee for Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, I am acutely aware of the threat that cyber attacks pose to the United States, and am fully committed to preventing these threats. However, it is my view that this bill offers too broad a definition of "cybersecurity" that would provide few limits on companies collecting, intercepting, and sharing users' personal information. Though CISPA is well-intentioned, without proper safeguards, it becomes an assault on privacy protections, allowing the intelligence community unrestrained access to the personal information of American citizens. I have voiced my concerns to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, but have yet to see the appropriate changes made to the bill. Until proper safeguards are implemented, I cannot support this bill.

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