Why the US Congress is about to make it way harder to protect your personal data

In the name of fighting hackers, Congress is about to make it harder for the government to punish companies that refuse to take adequate steps to fight hackers.For years, Congress has been pursuing bills that make it easier for corporations to share information about hacks back and forth with the government. The idea is that if every entity knows what kind of software code hackers are using, they’ll be able to keep an eye out for it. During the years when Congress has been pursuing such a bill, mind you, similar information sharing in the private sector proved inadequate to prevent most attacks. Government and some private sector industries started sharing information without such a bill. And it became clear — when China snuck into government databases and stole the security clearance information from 21 million government employees and contractors — that the government is still unable to keep even its most sensitive data secret.

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