Report: Information security laws would endanger privacy

As the federal government comes closer to passing laws designed to protect information security, some observers say the government’s cybersecurity efforts will hurt civil liberties and put sensitive personal information at risk. 

That’s the message in a report recently released by the Constitution Project think tank. While the government may have good intentions, the group says, people should be wary of current proposals that would require federal agencies to protect the information security of private organizations that provide “critical infrastructure,” such as the health care, finance and communication industries.

Unless privacy safeguards are put in place, the privacy of people who work for or communicate with those companies could be put at risk, according to the report, which warns that the government “runs the risk of establishing a program akin to wiretapping all network users’ communications.”

Concerns such as those are one reason Congress has yet to pass comprehensive information security legislation, despite several proposals in recent years. That includes one bill up for a vote in the Senate that some opponents say would give the Department of Homeland Security too much control over networks owned by private companies and cloud providers, The Hill reports.

We’ll keep you posted on that bill and other proposed information security laws.