by Mike Masnick

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botnet, cispa, data sharing, white house

Who Needs CISPA? White House Unveils Voluntary Data Sharing Plan To Fight Botnets

from the plus,-no-privacy-violations! dept

As the fight over CISPA continues (apparently with some concerns that the existing bill is effectively dead in the water), the White House announced a new voluntary program for companies to share info about botnets in order to stop them. This raises the question, yet again, why we need laws like CISPA in the first place. Companies and the government can already share threat information without violating anyone's privacy. All CISPA and similar bills are really doing is making it easier to violate privacy rules when sharing that kind of information.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Jun 2012 @ 1:51pm

    One of my Senators non reply reply, and it seems that the staff can't even take the time to use my name in the reply.

    Of course the other senator from NY hasn't even sent a reply which is typical of him.

    June 13, 2012

    Dear Friend,

    Thank you for writing to me about H.R.3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). I understand and share some of your concerns.

    The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act would allow information sharing between cyber security entities and the federal government to better protect our nation from a cyber-attack; however, there are concerns that CISPA would infringe on privacy protections for average citizens, and would allow private entities and the federal government to gain access to personal information. We need to balance protecting against an attack with preserving the civil liberties of all Americans.

    All New Yorkers should be able to agree on the shared goals of protecting against a cyber-attack without any unintended consequences of infringing on civil liberties. CISPA is currently being reviewed by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. I will continue to monitor this and other legislation to ensure our national security needs are being met while not infringing on the rights of average Americans.

    Thank you again for writing to express your concerns, and I hope that you keep in touch with my office regarding future legislation and concerns you may have. For more information on this and other important issues, please visit my website at and sign up for my e-newsletter.


    Kirsten E. Gillibrand
    United States Senator

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