Press Release from the American Library Association Washington Office:
Nobody likes cyber-attacks, but the bill the
US Senate is set to vote on TOMORROW –
the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act or CISA (S.754) – is awful when it comes to your privacy.
For all of the reasons just detailed on District Dispatch, including the possibility that companies could take “defensive measures” unilaterally to disrupt library (or any other) computer networks, ALA and its coalition partners (the ACLU, EFF and companies like Apple and Twitter) have been lobbying hard against passage of CISA. At the same time, we are trying to make it “less bad” by supporting important amendments to protect FOIA and personal privacy.
The Senate votes tomorrow! We and our partners, in dozens of meetings, have laid the substantive groundwork. Now it’s your turn to make that count – literally. We need thousands of librarians to use this one-click tool to tell both of their US Senators’ offices right now to:
- VOTE YES on the Leahy and Franken Amendments (No. 2587 and (No. 2612), respectively; and
- VOTE NO on CISA when the bill itself finally comes to a vote even if the amendments pass.