Sen. Ron Wyden Slams Cybersecurity Bills for Attempting to Sacrifice Privacy in the Name of Security

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said on Monday that the Senate's cybersecurity legislation being pushed by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) is an overreaction to cyber threats and would undermine the privacy rights of American citizens.

Wyden said that both the House and Senate bills "subordinate all existing privacy rules and constitutional principles to the poorly defined interest of 'cybersecurity.'"

Wyden also said the Senate's version of the bill, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, needs to be more specific about what types of data can be shared and which agencies should have access to it. He also thinks it needs to be tougher for companies to secure legal immunity from lawsuits by consumers under the legislation.

"As they stand, these bills are an overreaction to a legitimate fear," he said. "The American people will respond by limiting their online activities. That’s a recipe to stifle speech, innovation, job creation and social progress."

Wyden went on to say that there is a false narrative related to this bills which puts forth the idea that you have to sacrifice one thing to achieve the other.

"There is no sound policy reason to sacrifice the privacy rights of law abiding American citizens in the name of cyber-security, and I will fight any legislation that asks this Senate to make that choice," the Democratic senator said.

Unlike many other lawmakers, Wyden has been pretty consistent in opposing any legislation that messes with the fundamental privacy rights of Americans or the integrity of the Internet. So far he has opposed SOPA, PIPA, ACTAO and now CISPA and its Senate counterpart.

Source: The Hill


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