Action Alert: Pass Real Cybersecurity Legislation


It’s time to tell Gov. Deal to veto the “cybersnooping” bill.

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Senate Bill 315 is on the governor’s desk for him to sign. We want him to veto it!

Call:

Gov. Nathan Deal: 404-656-1776

Or email him here.

Senate Bill 315 calls itself a step toward greater information security, but computer security experts oppose it strongly. The way it’s written, researchers who are looking for security flaws can be prosecuted, even if they’re behaving ethically and reporting those flaws to a company or other organization. Many other states have laws similar to that proposed by this bill, but they’re better written and don’t harm people who are trying to help.

Here’s a good analogy from a security researcher:

“Picture yourself driving to visit a friend who has just moved into a new home. If you aren’t careful, you might miss their house and pull into a neighbor’s drive to turn around. While in the driveway, you notice that smoke is pouring out the windows. You dial 911 to report a fire but instead of fire engines to extinguish the flames, they send police to arrest you and use your 911 call as evidence of trespassing. This sounds absurd but it is effectively no different from what is being proposed with this bill.”

Personalized calls are more effective than multiple calls reading the same script, so express your personal feelings frankly! Here is an example script that you can build off of or use:

Hello,

I’m calling today to ask the governor to veto SB 315. Georgia should have some kind of legislation like this, but this bill is poorly written and makes electronic security worse, not better, as a result. Tell the General Assembly to write better laws!

Thank you for the chance to share my concerns.

Feel free to modify the script, depending on whom you’re calling.

Please call Gov. Deal TODAY.

TELL HIM: Don’t sign poorly written legislation!

Thanks for caring,

Legislative Action Network
Athens for Everyone

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