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Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. SCHIFF. I thank the gentleman for yielding, and I rise in opposition to the overall measure.

There are three concerns that have been raised by the administration about this bill that I share.

The first is that it does not include a provision requiring the private sector to make reasonable efforts to remove personal information before they share it with each other or before they share it with the government. This is a bedrock necessity for those who are concerned about the privacy of Americans who may be implicated in this cyber sharing.

Second, it's very important that a civilian agency, like the Department of Homeland Security, be the main intake--really, the sole intake--for this domestic data.

There was one form of amendment offered in Rules to try to address this problem yesterday, yet another form of that amendment that was ultimately adopted by Rules, and yet a third form of that amendment that was adopted here this morning. None of us know exactly what it does because it has been a moving object. But it is very unclear whether this amendment would make a civilian agency, such as DHS, the sole intake for this domestic data. It should not be a military agency. We shouldn't have the private sector interacting directly with a military agency when it comes to domestic data that may involve the privacy of the American people.

Finally, the immunity provisions are very broad and need to be reined in so as to encourage the private sector to take reasonable steps to make sure it does not compromise privacy interests when it is not necessary to do so to protect cybersecurity.

Those three issues still must be addressed.

I want to compliment the chairman and the ranking member for the work they have done. They have made a very good-faith effort to make progress on many of these issues and in fact have made progress, but the bill still falls short and I must urge a ``no'' vote.


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