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Rep. Bill Foster Statement on CISPA Vote

Apr 18, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) released the following statement on his vote on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA):

“Today I voted for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) because, on balance, it would increase the privacy and security of the average American.

“In preparation for the vote, I attended multiple classified briefings and visited NSA headquarters to get detailed answers to technical questions that were of particular interest to me as a scientist, computer programmer, and integrated circuit designer – as well as an American deeply concerned with individual privacy and civil liberties.

“While I understand the potential privacy concerns expressed by many, the overriding consideration must be the protection of the personal privacy of the average American.  The greatest threat to personal privacy is from hackers posting emails and credit card information on the internet, and actions sponsored by governments outside the United States, and I believe these outweigh the concerns regarding specific and limited authorities granted under this bill.  Likewise, our businesses remain under greater commercial threat from external state and non-state actors than from potential privacy and liability issues in this bill.

“That being said, I share many of the concerns in the President's statement of administrative policy, and I voted for several amendments to address these concerns. I will continue to press for the inclusion of these provisions when the legislation is addressed in conference with the Senate.”