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In Constructive Stakeholder Dialogue, BSA and CDT Find Common Ground on Information Sharing

Both groups believe in fostering a safe, secure Internet while also protecting privacy and civil liberties

Washington, DC — April 16 —

The Business Software Alliance and the Center for Democracy and Technology met today to discuss how legislation to facilitate sharing of information on cybersecurity threats between and among entities in the public and private sectors can be crafted to protect Americans’ privacy and civil liberties.

“All of us agree legislation is needed to promote the safety and security of the Internet, and all of us agree it is important to protect privacy,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “Information sharing is a critical step in bolstering cyber readiness. Legislation to promote the kind of sharing we need certainly can be crafted in a way that safeguards people’s civil liberties.”

“BSA has long supported CDT’s mission as an organization, and we very much appreciate our constructive working relationship,” Holleyman said. “It is important that all stakeholders work together at this stage in the cybersecurity debate. Congress is considering bills that would promote information sharing, and Members have made clear that their doors are open for everyone to provide input. By aligning our points of view, there is a very good chance of achieving a strong legislative outcome.”

“Today we discussed several important elements in the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which has been sponsored in the House by Reps. Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger,” said Holleyman. “We agreed that the definition of what constitutes cyber threat information could benefit from sharpening. We also discussed clarifying limitations on how threat information will be handled and used by government. We agreed that ideas proposed by Rep. Dan Lungren in recent drafts of his PRECISE Act could be adapted to address civil liberties concerns that CDT and others have raised.”

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The Business Software Alliance ( is the leading global advocate for the software industry. It is an association of nearly 100 world-class companies that invest billions of dollars annually to create software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. Through international government relations, intellectual property enforcement and educational activities, BSA expands the horizons of the digital world and builds trust and confidence in the new technologies driving it forward.

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