The Public Isn't Buying What The Feds Are Selling When It Comes To Cybersecurity Legislation

from the we're-from-the-public-and-we're-here-to-tell-you-to-leave-us-alone dept

We keep hearing US government officials tell us fanciful stories about why we need cybersecurity legislation that paves the way for the government to get access to private information, but the arguments never make much sense. There are vague claims of threats that really seem more like garden variety hackers, and then there are the completely made up threats that are pulled right from Hollywood scripts -- like the claims that an online attack will lead to planes colliding.

A new survey suggests that the public just isn't buying it. 63% of those polled worried about the impact on privacy and civil liberties if we provided greater information sharing with the government. So for all the talk about how there's "bipartisan" support for doing something here, it's not clear that there's really American public support for this kind of thing.

Filed Under: civil liberties, cybersecurity, hackers


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    iamtheky (profile), 13 Jul 2012 @ 10:57am

    .0000032 percent of the country were polled with 2 questions. If I am skeptical about anything its the usefulness of this data.

    63% said government and businesses should not be allowed to share information, but 55% said those same businesses should be allowed to set their own standard.

    You are either allowed to set your own standard, or there are guidelines imposed for your standard, like disallowing information exchange. But according to the poll, the government should not force businesses to meet the requirement of not exchanging information with the government.....right?

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