Revealing its standpoint in the ongoing debate over the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), social networking giant Facebook said in a recent blog post that it supports certain aspects of the proposed legislation, and it wants to work with the lawmakers to ensure that the privacy concerns about the bill are duly addressed.
Weighing in on the cybersecurity legislation and underscoring the aspects Facebook supports about the bill, Joel Kaplan – the social network’s VP of public policy – said that the CISPA and other similar bills being considered by Congress would “make it easier for Facebook and other companies to receive critical threat data from the U. S. government.”
Further adding the CISPA will not impose any obligations on Facebook to share data with anyone, Kaplan said that the legislation will also ensure that in case facebook does share data pertaining to specific cyber threats, it would still be in a position to continue to protect the private information of its members.
With CISPA chiefly been designed to facilitate the government in sharing cyber threat information with private companies and vice versa, and some people being apprehensive that the legislation would violate individual privacy rights, Kaplan said that Facebook was prepared to work with lawmakers to knock down some of the issues in the legislation.
In an attempt to address CISPA-related concerns raised by privacy groups, Kaplan said that Facebook is already working with key lawmakers, and also some consumer groups, to bring about "potential changes to the bill to address privacy concerns."
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