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Homeland Security Cybersecurity Bill a Missed Opportunity

cybersharingboundariesGreg Nojeim, CDT Senior Counsel and Director of the Freedom, Security and Technology Project, guest wrote for Lawfare, a site published by the Lawfare Institute in cooperation with the Brookings Institute. It’s solely dedicated to “that nebulous zone in which actions taken or contemplated to protect the nation interact with the nation’s laws and legal institutions.” We’ve published an abridged version here – click below for the full text.

Today, the House Homeland Security Committee marked up a cybersecurity information sharing bill that promised to be “the best of bunch” in terms of civil liberties protections among the cybersecurity information sharing bills that Congress is currently considering.  Unfortunately, the bill misses the mark in a key respect:  it authorizes monitoring and information sharing for the “cybersecurity purpose” of investigating crimes that have nothing to do with cybersecurity.

Full text here.