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Advocates Support Exec Order, Not CISPA

CYBERSECURITY—U.S.

February 14, 2013

NationalJournal reports on President Obama’s cybersecurity executive order and why some privacy advocates support it. As it stands, government can notify the private sector of targeted cyberattacks, but businesses will not have to disclose any data to the government in return, the report states. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Legislative Counsel Michelle Richardson said, “Greasing the wheels of information-sharing from the government to the private sector is a privacy-neutral way to distribute critical cyber information.” Meanwhile, the ACLU and other privacy advocates warn the reintroduced Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) will compromise Internet privacy. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), one of two lawmakers who reintroduced CISPA, said, “People ask me all the time, 'What keeps you up at night?' And I say, 'Spicy Mexican food, weapons of mass destruction and cyber attacks.’”
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