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BREAKING: Apple comes out against CISA days before critical vote

Posted 20:48 EDT on October 20, 2015

Apple is the latest major tech company to come out opposing the controversial bill, which would undermine user privacy without improving security

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2015

Contact: Holmes Wilson, 614-465-6371, press@fightforthefuture.org

Just days before a critical vote, Apple has become the latest major tech company to voice their opposition to CISA, a so-called cybersecurity bill that experts say would undermine user privacy while utterly failing to improve cybersecurity.

“We don’t support the current CISA proposal,” Apple said in a statement to the Washington Post, “The trust of our customers means everything to us and we don’t believe security should come at the expense of their privacy.”

“Apple gets privacy and security better than most companies, and way better than Congress does,” said Fight for the Future co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng, “Our lawmakers’ lack of understanding of cybersecurity isn’t just embarrassing, it’s dangerous. They should listen to the experts and abandon this hopelessly flawed bill.”

Apple’s statement is the latest in what can only be described as a revolt by the tech industry who now nearly unanimously oppose the bill. In recent weeks CCIA, which represents Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Amazon, and Sprint issued a statement opposing the legislation, reinforcing individual statements from Twitter,  Yelp, reddit, and Wikipedia.

The Business Software Alliance (BSA), which represents Microsoft, Adobe, and others, also clarified that they do not support the bill after Fight for the Future launched YouBetrayedUs.org, a public campaign in response to a letter BSA issued that appeared to support CISA-like legislation.

For more on Fight for the Future’s campaigns against CISA, see our press release from earlier today.

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Fight for the Future is a grassroots advocacy group with more than 1.4 million members that fights to protect the Internet as a powerful platform for freedom of expression and social change. They’re best known for organizing the massive online protests against SOPA, for net neutrality, and against government surveillance. Learn more at https://www.fightforthefuture.org and https://www.twitter.com/fightfortheftr


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