Andrea Castillo on How CISA Threatens Both Privacy and Cybersecurity

CISA bucks the usual liberty/security trade-off by threatening our civil liberties without meaningfully improving cybersecurity.


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This May, Congress is expected to come together on a bill to protect private entities that secretly share user data with federal agencies. Privacy advocates say the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA)—with its emphasis on information sharing—threatens civil liberties by sanctioning yet another avenue for government surveillance. But there's another big problem as well, writes Andrea Castillo, technology policy program manager at the Mercatus Center. CISA is unlikely to meaningfully prevent cyber-attacks as proponents claim, and could ultimately weaken cybersecurity.