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October 16, 2015

Google, Facebook & Yahoo sound warning over cyber security bill

News: Trade body representing tech giants comes out against proposed laws.

By Vinod

Some of the world’s biggest tech giants have come out against a new cybersecurity bill in the US.

Firms such as Facebook, Google, Yahoo!, e-Bay, RedHat and T-Mobile, have blasted the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa) in an open letter sent via their trade group the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA).

The letter says: "Cisa’s prescribed mechanism for sharing of cyber threat information does not sufficiently protect users’ privacy or appropriately limit the permissible uses of information shared with the government."

The US row comes shortly after the European Union’s Court of Justice ruled the Safe Harbour agreement invalid. after a court case brought against Facebook.

The law firm Pinsent Masons also recently revealed that UK users were increasingly concerned about how their personal data is being used.

The US legislatation still needs to be passed by the Senate, but it has support from politicians in both political parties.

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