This morning, CBS News reported that "[o]pposition from the Obama administration - which stopped short of a veto threat - could imperil the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act," otherwise known as CISPA.
In a statement to The Hill last night, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said:
"[W]hile information sharing legislation is an essential component of comprehensive legislation to address critical infrastructure risks, information sharing provisions must include robust safeguards to preserve the privacy and civil liberties of our citizens. Legislation … that would sacrifice the privacy of our citizens in the name of security, will not meet our nation's urgent needs.
This is what CDT has been arguing from the start. We see a need for cybersecurity legislation that makes information sharing easier – however, we want to see this legislation enacted in a way that doesn't imperil Internet users' privacy rights.
Last Friday, Facebook made the same case. Joel Kaplan, Vice President for U.S. Public Policy for Facebook, wrote: