Companies are still not liable for sharing cyber-security information with Homeland Security

It wasn’t as controversial as some of the privacy an security proposals that have crossed politicians’ desks in recent years, but there is still some concern from privacy advocates and consumer rights groups about the congressional passage of the so-called “threat-sharing” cyber-security bill. It easily passed the the House of Representatives 355 to 63 and is expected to make it through the Senate. If it does, President Barack Obama is expected to sign it into law.

Any chance of blocking it went out the window late last year when Sony Entertainment was hacked and sensitive information was leaked by elements in North Korea. The bill allows companies to share information with the government that can pertain to cyber-security threats or breaches without risking being sued by anyone affected. It has been panned by critics for being too broad and ambiguous, giving protections to any company that assists the government in this portion of privacy breaching. The argument is that pretty much anything given over to the government falls into the realm of the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015.

In other words, nobody can be blamed for complying with the destruction of our privacy. Here’s a portion of the report from Reuters:

Despite strong objections from privacy advocates who worry that the legislation could lead to more surveillance, supporters expect passage in the Senate. The White House has said it had some concerns about the bill but supported its passage and believed it could be fixed as the legislation is finalized in Congress.

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