Professors' Letter in Opposition to The 'Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act' (S. 754)
11 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2015
Date Written: October 26, 2015
We are professors who research and/or teach about cyberlaw and cybersecurity, and write to express our concerns about S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (the “Act”). While recent amendments to CISA have attempted to address the significant privacy and surveillance concerns raised by the aforementioned technologists and others, the fundamental problem inherent in CISA remains. In sum, it will do little, if anything, to address the very real problem of flawed cybersecurity while creating conditions ripe for abuse.
This is a classic “let’s do something” law. While we laud Congress for taking notice of the significant cybersecurity threats facing US corporations, we fear that CISA will weaken privacy and encourage governmental surveillance, with little upside for the public. Thus, CISA should be rejected.
Keywords: cybersecurity, hacking, cyberlaw, trade secrets
JEL Classification: C8, K1, L68
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