In response to a recent online petition, the White House detailed why it is opposed to the current Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).
According to the statement, the president is against the bill because of how it could affect web privacy. While he believes that a cyber information sharing act should be implemented, he believes that it can be created without infringing on privacy.
"The president has been clear that the United States urgently needs to modernise our laws and practices relating to cyber security, both for national security and the security of our country's businesses – but that shouldn't come at the expense of privacy," said the White House in its We The People petition response.
The White House says that any cyber sharing initiative must ensure privacy protections, be managed by a civilian department, and provide tailored liability protections for the private sector.
White House officials say that it's important for any initiative to limit shared information to only data that is relevant for cyber attacks. Officials say that individuals' information should be protected under any approved data sharing act.
In the letter, officials also state that any CISPA-like legislation must be managed by a civilian agency. Officials report that any information shared between the public and private sector should not go through an intelligence agency.
Another key concern for White House staff is that current legislation offers broad immunity for private businesses who share data. Officials report that legislation should offer protections to companies who follow the rules. However, they warn that immunity should not be given to firms that act in ways that could cause the unwanted disclosure of user information.
Many White House statements go in line with what privacy advocates have been saying about CISPA. Groups like the Electronic Freedom Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union have repeatedly slammed CISPA for failing to live up to appropriate privacy standards.
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