“Congress bowed Wednesday to mounting pressure in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks that left 130 people dead last month, tacking a cybersecurity provision onto Rep. Paul Ryan’s $1.15 trillion spending plan,” Allison Gatlin reports for Investor’s Business Daily. “Legislators are scheduled to vote Friday on the overall bill.”

“The cybersecurity proposal shields companies that voluntarily share threat data with the U.S. government, through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, from any resulting consumer lawsuits, according to Reuters,” Gatlin reports. “Last month, U.S. counterterrorism officials renewed calls for backdoor access to encrypted communications, particularly those of Apple, Alphabet and Microsoft, in the wake of the Nov. 13 massacre in Paris. But privacy advocates and many Silicon Valley executives strongly oppose any government backdoor access to encrypted communications. In a September 2014 statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that his company would never create such a government loophole.”

“The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 doesn’t create backdoor access, but it more closely resembles the Senate version of the bill — the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) — that tech heavyweights Apple, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter and Google owner Alphabet derided in October,” Gatlin reports. “Piggybacked onto the larger spending bill, the cybersecurity provision will probably pass, FBR analyst Daniel Ives told IBD. Key to passage: The bill doesn’t zero in on encryption and backdoor access, both of which were hot-button issues in 2015.”

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MacDailyNews Take:

None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information. This is a basic human right. We all have a right to privacy. We shouldn’t give it up. We shouldn’t give in to scare-mongering or to people who fundamentally don’t understand the details.Apple CEO Tim Cook, February 27, 2015

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