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Apple this evening has continued its outspoken attitude when it comes to protection of user rights and privacy. The Washington Post reports that the company has spoken out against a controversial cybersecurity bill that, if passed, would give the government a variety of new powers to access user data. Supporters of the bill say that it would protect users from hackers in the long run, but Apple’s not buying it.

Known as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, it’s expected to be voted on next Tuesday and carries support from both major political parties. Apple, however, says that it does not believe that user security should come at the expense of privacy. Therefore, it does not support the CISA bill.

“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.”

A variety of other tech companies have spoken out against CISA, as well, including Yelp, Reddit, Twitter, Wikimedia, Google, Facebook, and Yahoo. Oregon senator Ron Wyden says that the number of tech companies speaking in opposition to the bill should show legislators that it’s not yet ready for primetime.

“Sharing information about cybersecurity threats is a worthy goal,” said Wyden. “Yet if you share more information without strong privacy protections, millions of Americans will say, ‘That is not a cybersecurity bill. It is a surveillance bill.’ “

 Apple has been voicing its stance on user privacy loud and clear recently. Just yesterday, CEO Tim Cook said that there is no reason for there to be a backdoor for the government to access user data. “No one should have to decide between privacy or security,” Cook said. “We should be smart enough to do both.”
CISA is slated to be voted on next Tuesday, October 27th.

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