Tech companies join to fight cyberbill

A major trade association comprising technology companies has announced its opposition to bipartisan "information sharing" legislation making its way through the Senate.

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act "does not sufficiently protect users' privacy or appropriately limit the permissible uses of information shared with the government," the Computer and Communications Industry Association said in a blog post on Thursday. The association includes Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, NetFlix, Sprint, T-Mobile and Yahoo.

The association added that "appropriately constructed cybersecurity information sharing legislation can provide a more efficient regime for the voluntary sharing of appropriately limited information between the private sector and government.

"But such a system should not come at the expense of users' privacy, need not be used for purposes unrelated to cybersecurity, and must not enable activities that might actively destabilize the infrastructure the bill aims to protect," the post concluded.