U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, voted in favor of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, despite complaints that it gives the government too much access to online communications between citizens.
The Obama Administration has threatened a veto. AP reports, via the Chicago Sun-Times.
In a press release, Larsen indicated that he shares some of the concerns about the bill, and will continue to work to improve it as the House and Senate work out a compromise version.
Here is Larsen’s press release:
WASHINGTON—Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, issued the following statement today after voting for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act.
“From personal communication on Facebook and Twitter to banking and e-commerce, a huge part of our lives are spent online,” Larsen said. “We must make sure that our personal data and communications are protected from foreign and domestic hackers.”
“Our nation’s cyber infrastructure is under a constant barrage of attacks. This legislation is designed to improve the sharing of information between the government and private sector so that these attacks can be better identified and protected against. The more closely the government and private sector work together to combat threats, the safer our personal data and nation will be.
“I am deeply concerned about protecting personal information from improper access and misuse. I sought to make sure that personal information shared between companies and government is kept to a minimum and with the strongest safeguards in place to protect personal privacy. I will continue working to strengthen those protections as the House and Senate negotiate a final bill.”
End press release