Apple and Dropbox oppose controversial U.S. ‘cybersecurity’ bill

“Apple and Dropbox said Tuesday that they do not support a controversial cybersecurity bill that, according to critics, would give the government sweeping new powers to spy on Americans in the name of protecting them from hackers,” Brian Fung reports for The Washington Post. “The announcement by the two companies comes days before the Senate expects to vote on the legislation, known as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA. ‘We don’t support the current CISA proposal,’ Apple said in a statement. ‘The trust of our customers means everything to us and we don’t believe security should come at the expense of their privacy.'”

“Apple and Dropbox join a number of tech companies who say they’re against the bill. In recent days, Yelp, reddit, Twitter and the Wikimedia Foundation — which runs Wikipedia — have all said that they oppose CISA,” Fung reports. “The two firms’ entry into the debate — particularly Apple, which rarely wades into Washington policy fights — complicates last-minute efforts to pass the bill, which has bipartisan backing and is expected to get a vote next Tuesday.”

Fung reports, “Still, CISA’s supporters estimate they have roughly 70 votes in the Senate, enough to approve the White House-backed legislation.”

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9 Comments

  1. Amazing how our supposedly “dysfunctional” Congress always somehow manages to find the votes to pass $#!+ like this. Democrat, Republican, doesn’t matter. Somehow they all hold hands and sing kumbaya when it’s time to vote on authorizing more spying.

    ——RM

  2. Maybe the bill started out well, but some jerk added on offending bits.

    (“Sharing information about cybersecurity threats is a worthy goal,” said Wyden. “Yet if you share more information without strong privacy protections, millions of Americans will say, ‘That is not a cybersecurity bill. It is a surveillance bill.’ “)

    They are trying to make a case stronger for requiring tech companies to add a back door. One single back door will mess up everything regarding privacy. As long as it exists, everyone who can, will use it. On the surface, their intentions are good, but how long will that last?

    A crime/action requires motive, time and proximity. With every computer or device hooked up to the Internet, you have proximity. With a back door, you have time. With fear you have motive.

    Bet your bottom dollar, every fear mongering agency will be getting into your stuff. They HAVE TO… It is essential that time is added to protect your data, and that is exactly what encryption does.

  3. The TPP includes text that essentially enacts the SOPA and PIPA acts that voters pressured Congress to reject. Regardless of this awful bill written by lobbyists, they have a lot of the same stuff packed into a so-called free trade bill.

    The Repugnicans have control of Congress- watch your wallet, your rights and your liberty.

  4. First, the way our “representatives” are constantly screwing us citizens makes one wonder if anarchy would be better?

    Second, if use tech equipment is required to have back doors, that will absolutely kill sales of US equipment outside the US. That is a great way to help our economy. But, of course, it is for our own safety.

  5. It seems that CIA directors, two now, can’t be trusted with US security, by using public email servers to store agency information. How is it posible that we can trust them with our own data, when they can’t respect their’s? It would seem to be a brease that once a back door is put into our private security, at the request of our security agencies, we might as well give those keys to Russia, China, and the public library because they will have them anyway.

    Commonsense has left us.

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