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Coalition Urges Senate to Protect Americans’ Privacy in Cybersecurity Legislation

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Yesterday ARL joined 37 other privacy and civil liberties organizations and companies in a letter (PDF) urging the US Senate to adhere to a basic set of principles to protect Americans’ privacy when drafting its cybersecurity legislation.

The letter notes:

The recent revelations regarding the vast scope of Americans’ data being collected under two NSA surveillance programs have heightened our concerns regarding the upcoming Senate debate over cybersecurity legislation…we, the undersigned organizations, write to urge you to ensure that any new cybersecurity information sharing bill considered in the Senate in 2013 at least maintains the privacy protections from Title VII, the information sharing title of S. 3414, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012…We believe these provisions from the information sharing title of S. 3414 from last year are the minimum safeguards necessary to protect privacy and civil liberties in any information sharing legislation. We would support expansion of those protections and vigorously oppose any backtracking on them… 

Read the complete letter (PDF).

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