Trade Group That Represents Companies Like Yahoo and Google Backs CISPA

A trade group that Google, Yahoo, Oracle and others are members of has come out in support of CISPA. In a letter sent to the leaders of the House Intelligence panel on Wednesday, TechNet CEO Rey Ramsey told lawmakers that the bill addresses the need for companies and government to be able to send and receive information about cyber threats to one another in real time. He also applauded the panel leaders for taking steps to address privacy concerns with their bill (when did this happen? – ed.), but that it looked forward to continuing talks on "further privacy protections."

"We commend the committee for providing liability protections to companies participating in voluntary information-sharing and applaud the committee's efforts to work with a wide range of stakeholders to address issues such as strengthening privacy protections," Ramsey writes. "As the legislative process unfolds, we look forward to continuing the dialogue with you and your colleagues on further privacy protections, including discussions on the role of a civilian interface for information sharing."

A number of tech company executives sit on TechNet's executive council, including Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, and Oracle President Safra Catz. A list of the members on TechNet's executive council are printed on the letter that the trade group sent to House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.). You can read it here.

We wonder if TechNet is speaking for all of its members or if Google and Yahoo have a different opinion on CISPA. It might be time for them to say so in public…

Source: The Hill


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