US Senate approves controversial cybersecurity bill

US Senate overwhelmingly passes argumentative cybersecurity bill that would provide to bolster country's cyber defenses

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, confers with committee Vice-Chair. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., centre, and committee member Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 24 2015

Updated Oct 28, 2015

A majority of the US Senate approved a controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) bill on Tuesday. 

The bill will target to support the United States’s cyber defenses and expand responsibility protection to companies that want to share cyber-threat data with the government.

On the other hand, oppositions of the bill criticised the decision and said it will allow the government to collect sensitive personal data uncontrolled on the resistance of civil liberties groups and number of the biggest names in the tech sector.

The American Banking Association and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) reacted positively, following the bill passing with 74 votes to 21.

The TIA said that “the legislation passed by the Senate today bolsters our cyber defenses by providing the liability protections needed to encourage the voluntary sharing of cyber threat information.”   

“We applaud the Senate for moving this important bill and urge Congressional leaders to act quickly to send this bill to the president’s desk.”

However, Edward Snowden, former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor and whistle-blower, shared his message regarding the bill through his Twitter and stated that “a vote for CISA is a vote against the internet.”

TRTWorld and agencies