The American Civil Liberties Union had a simple message for Congress today about CISPA or any other plans for sharing internet user information between corporations and government intelligence agencies: keep cybersecurity information sharing out of military hands.
The ACLU's Michelle Richardson was scheduled to testify today before the House Homeland Security Committee at a hearing titled "DHS Cybersecurity: Roles and Responsibilities to Protect the Nation's Critical Infrastructure." Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute of the Department of Homeland Security was also scheduled to testify on the first panel at 10:00 a.m., and Michelle was scheduled to testify on the second panel alongside two private sector representatives.
Her message to lawmakers is simple and blunt: any new cybersecurity information sharing program must be housed in a civilian agency because housing it in a military agency like the National Security Agency (NSA) would create significant new threats to Americans' privacy, and must be avoided.
Her appearance in D.C. is directly related to the recently resurrected and flawed CISPA legislation. While the privacy concerns associated with CISPA are important to highlight, the ACLU's message today is that the military should not be allowed to control any cybersecurity program.
You can find out more about the organization's efforts against bills like CISPA at www.aclu.org.