“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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