Despite opposition from Apple, Dropbox, and other major tech companies, the U.S. Senate has passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act a.k.a CISA.
The new bill essentially allows companies to share cybersecurity threats with each other and government agencies. This is a huge invasion on the privacy of end consumers.
Many companies and privacy advocates think that the CISA will just end up being used by government agencies to hid their surveillance mechanisms that will be used to spy on end consumers and continue to oppose the bill.
While Twitter, Wikipedia, Yelp, and Reddit oppose the bill along with Apple, tech giants like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon want the Senate to make improvements to the CISA act, and don’t support its current version.
Apple has in the past made it very clear that it does not support the CISA and that the privacy of their customers is its top priority.
“We don’t support the current CISA proposal,” Apple said in a statement. “The trust of our customers means everything to us and we don’t believe security should come at the expense of their privacy.”
The final decision to pass the bill still remains with President Obama in the White House.