The Senate passed a controversial cybersecurity bill Tuesday night in response to calls for Congress to prevent cyber threats to the United States. This is a continuation of the debate between personal privacy and security, and a decisive victory for those who favor the latter. In a 74-21 vote, the bill — dubbed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA — would allow data sharing between corporations and the government on the grounds of security risks. Essentially, the data exchange would allow government access to cyber “signatures” of lower-level hackers that leave behind a digital trail of who they are and where they came from, according to The New York Times. But while the bill may seem like an effective use of government interference to safeguard vulnerable servers, CISA compromises consumers’ privacy and is merely a formality that enables higher surveillance without substantial protection. In addition, it doesn’t accomplish much of anything for the government in the first place since it was written with now-outdated hacking technology in mind. This bill, though it will tap into corporations rather than public phones, is a roundabout method of renewing Patriot Act surveillance methods that are unproductive and elusive on civilians. CISA is […]
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