The U.S. House of Representatives may vote on a controversial cyber threat information sharing bill this week, despite major privacy concerns from many digital rights groups and security researchers. The Protecting Cyber Networks Act “seriously threatens privacy and civil liberties, and would undermine cyber security.
Rather than enhance it”, said a letter sent this week by 55 digital and civil liberties groups, security researchers and academics. The PCNA, one of two cyber security bills that the House may vote on this week, would come to the House floor about a month after it was introduced, an unusually fast process for legislation.
Without holding any public hearings on the bill, the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee voted to approve the bill in late March, just two days after it was introduced. The bill would protect from consumer lawsuits those companies that share cyber threat information with each other or with government agencies.