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house Bill H.R. 4361

Should Federal Agencies Take Steps to Prevent Cyberattacks Without Consulting Employees First?

Argument in favor

Federal agencies must be able to take whatever steps are necessary to protect their information from cyber-attacks, even if it means employees don’t know in advance.

GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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07/06/2016
E-mail is property of the company or agency you work for. If you want to do criminal activity just use your own server. (Note to average citizens: Try selling company secrets from your employer this way and see what happens.)
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SherryTX's Opinion
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07/07/2016
While at work employees don't need to have computer access to anything that isn't work related. There is no expectation of privacy on work computers.
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MrRoberts007's Opinion
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02/02/2017
No reason for any law abiding citizen to worry about this we need tighter cyber security.
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Argument opposed

This bill gives federal agencies the power to randomly restrict what employees can do without consulting with anyone, all under the guise of preventing cyber-attacks.

Josh's Opinion
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07/07/2016
"Any means necessary" seems a little too totalitarian
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Rkurilla's Opinion
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07/07/2016
The language is far too open and vague and could lead to unintended consequences.
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Anya's Opinion
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07/07/2016
I don't see why an organization cannot just send out a notification to all employees that cyber security measures are changing. If it's something confidential, it could be a very simple notification. It doesn't require that every employee know the cyber security secrets. ///// Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) explained in a statement opposing the bill that the bill gave agency leaders too much authority by allowing them to take “any action” necessary to secure information: “No matter what you believe about blocking employee access to email, this bill goes so far beyond that it loses the point. Could 'any action' mean violating the Privacy Act? Could 'any action' mean an agency can avoid required reports to Congress on cybersecurity?”
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