Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) made the following statement Thursday after voting against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA):
“I could not support this bill because of the lack of government accountability for individual protection.
“I have concerns that the private information gathered by the Department of Homeland Security would be passed on to other government entities that have little to no civilian oversight.
“Further, CISPA provides few limitations on the types and uses of this information that could be shared. Companies who hand data over to the government under CISPA are exempt from criminal and civil liabilities as long as those companies say they were acting ‘in good faith.’ While CISPA provides excellent protection for American companies, it provides little protection for American citizens.
“While we must protect America’s cybersecurity, I will not support a bill that encroaches on our civil liberties.”