WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta released the following statement today discussing his opposition to H.R. 1560 and H.R. 1731, which both passed the House this week:
“In the ‘Live Free or Die’ state we believe strongly in the principle of protecting and securing our civil liberties. In light of the significant revelations in 2013 and 2014 that the government spied and collected the personal and sensitive information of innocent Americans, Granite Staters have urged me to keep the fundamental right of privacy in mind when voting on any legislation.
Our nation is in dire need of a serious and robust conversation regarding an overhaul of our intelligence community. We need to ensure that individuals have a right to due process, and that there is a strong emphasis on an open and transparent society. We must, and I believe we can, find that proper balance between protecting our civil liberties and our homeland. These are not mutually exclusive ends, and I will continue to fight for both.”
H.R. 1560 - the Protecting Cyber Networks Act - promotes the voluntary sharing of information about cyber threats among private companies and the federal government. It allows the intelligence community to share intelligence with private sector entities.
H.R. 1731 – the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement – provides liability protections for private companies sharing sensitive information with the federal government.