Facebook, Google and Yahoo oppose information sharing act

The three companies are being represented by the Computer & Communications Industry Association against CISA

Facebook, Google, Yahoo and other technology groups are opposing the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), which has come up for discussion by the US Senate.

CISA sets out to develop rules and regulations for businesses and governments to share information about cyber threats and how they can stop such crimes being carried out.

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It concentrates on making sure threats are shared quickly, meaning hackers and other cybercriminals don't have time to launch a widespread attack.

Facebook, Google and Yahoo, alongside a number of other companies in the technology sector, are being represented by trade body the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), which explained that although the proposed bill could have some benefits, including that it would provide a more efficient way of voluntarily sharing information among businesses, it does so at the cost of user privacy.

"CISA's prescribed mechanism for sharing of cyber threat information does not sufficiently protect users' privacy or appropriately limit the permissible uses of information shared with the government," The CCIA said in a statement. "In addition, the bill authorises entities to employ network defense measures that might cause collateral harm to the systems of innocent third parties."

The group said it thinks it's important for authorities to develop a more robust system for the government and private sector to share information about emerging threats, but the CISA is not the way to go.

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"CCIA looks forward to working with Congress to improve CISA and other related cyber security information sharing bills, with the hope that a limited and efficient voluntary information sharing regime, with robust privacy protections and use restrictions, will result," the group finished.

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