A major decision affecting your online privacy is about to be presented to the Senate. On Tuesday, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) is likely to be put before the Senate for a vote.
CISA has a well-intentioned reason for being: Your safety. Specifically, CISA will make it easier for private companies to alert the government to suspected cyberthreats, which can be a good thing if it results in preventing cybercrime and terrorism.
But, as with all things related to your privacy, there's a downside to CISA that's causing serious concern among top Internet companies like Google, Microsoft and several others that are represented by the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA). Although Facebook, which is represented by CCIA, may not be among them, according to the advocacy group Fight for the Future.
CCIA's concern with CISA is that the Act doesn't clearly state any limitations to how it can use your private information. In fact, CCIA wrote on its website that, while they support the goal of improving domestic Internet an infrastructure security, "CISA's prescribed mechanism for sharing of cyber threat information does not sufficiently protect users' privacy."