Law Professor: ‘Devil Is in the Details’ of Cybersecurity Bill

Released: 22-May-2012 12:50 PM EDT
Source Newsroom: University at Buffalo
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Newswise — BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The “devil is in the details” of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) pending in the U.S. Congress, says University at Buffalo Associate Professor Mark Bartholomew, an expert in intellectual property and cyber law.

“Right now, the language of the proposed act calls for sharing of online data when it is needed to help prevent a ‘cyber threat,’” Bartholomew said. “The real question is how do you define cyber threat? I do not want that definition of ‘cyber threat’ to be satisfied except in extraordinary circumstances.”

“There are serious privacy concerns at stake, and personal online data should only be shared with the Feds when it really is needed to prevent a national threat,” Bartholomew said.

For Bartholomew’s contact information and a Q&A with him on CISPA, visit UB’s Faculty Experts blog at

The Q&A discusses CISPA’s intent, as well as what distinguishes the bill from the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a proposed cybersecurity measure that sparked widespread protest over concerns about free speech on the Internet.

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