Tech Giants Drop CISA Support as Controversial Spy Bill Heads for Vote

Following a number of dedicated grassroots campaigns by consumer rights advocates, technology companies are coming out against the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) as the controversial surveillance bill barrels toward a vote in the U.S. Senate.

Some of the industry titans now publicly opposing CISA are Google, Apple, and Twitter, among other well-known companies, while those who support the bill include Verizon, AT&T, and Cisco.

CISA would allow tech companies to share user data with the National Security Agency (NSA) and other intelligence offices in cases of “cybersecurity threats.” Critics say the bill only expands government surveillance powers and guts consumer protections.

Apple publicly came out against CISA on Tuesday as the Senate began gearing up for the vote, citing concerns over privacy and users’ rights.

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

Apple’s strong stance on the issue earned it a top spot on digital rights group Fight for the Future’s “Digital Scorecard,” which tracks where tech firms stand in the battle for privacy. Companies that have publicly supported reform for the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and opposed CISA and other legislation that would give governments a backdoor into encrypted devices were named “Team Internet.”

Those who did any less were dubbed “Team NSA.”