Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Considering the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill as an Amendment to NDAA

“The Intelligence Committee’s information sharing bill will affect the privacy rights of all Americans, yet it has been cloaked in secrecy.  It was considered behind closed doors, without a public hearing or public debate.  We cannot even read the text of amendments considered at the mark up of this legislation.  Senator Burr’s information sharing bill also erodes Americans’ right to know what their government is doing by weakening the Freedom of Information Act.  I am deeply concerned that the Republican Leader now wants the Senate to pass this information sharing bill without any opportunity for the kind of public debate it needs.  This is not the transparent and meaningful committee process the Republican Leader promised just months ago.  I agree that we must do more to protect our cybersecurity, but this information sharing bill should not be considered as a last-minute amendment to yet another bill that was negotiated and considered behind closed doors.  The privacy of millions of Americans is at stake.  The American people deserve an open debate about legislation that would dramatically expand the amount of information about them that companies can share with agencies throughout the federal government.” 


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