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Statement on Voting Against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement on voting against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act:

"Our country is facing serious cyber threats and all Americans will benefit from strong cybersecurity protections. However the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) must balance cybersecurity concerns with measures that protect the privacy and civil liberties that Americans deserve. I voted against CISPA because I believe that balance hasn't been achieved in the current bill.

"Today I offered three amendments none of which were adopted. My amendments would have strengthened privacy protections, ensured that consumers can hold companies accountable for misuse of their private information, required that companies report cyber threat information directly to civilian agencies and maintained the long standing tradition that the military doesn't operate on U.S. soil against American citizens.

"I strongly agree with the need to enact effective cybersecurity legislation, and commend the bipartisan effort of the House Intelligence Committee, but this bill doesn't sufficiently protect individual privacy rights."

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