CEO Brian Cassin puts his profits above your safety by funding political corruption.
Under Cassin's leadership, Experian has spent millions of dollars lobbying Congress through cash donations and Political Action Committees. They've pushed legislation that would weaken data breach notification regulations. Their top recipients in the House of Representatives all voted in favor of PCNA, a spying bill that would allow them to share customer information with the government. And now they're supporting CISA, a bill that could broadly allow them to violate their privacy agreements with customers and get immunity for leaking peoples' information.
Brian Cassin has put the profits of his company above the well-being of his customers. His strategy is simple—by giving enough money to politicians, those politicians will hopefully pass legislation allowing him to duck responsibility for keeping his customers' data secure. Why bother improving their security when they can just legislate their way out of the messes they make?
But what's wrong with CISA?
CISA is not a real cybersecurity bill. It puts American citizens under more mass surveillance and opens up the doors to even more foreign cyber attacks.
- All privacy policies effectively null and void. Companies can share any private user data with the government, without a warrant, as long as the government says it is being used for a “cybersecurity” purpose.
- In exchange, companies are given blanket immunity from civil and criminal laws, like fraud, money laundering, or illegal wiretapping (if a violation was committed or exposed in the process of sharing data).
- Data is shared with a wide array of government agencies, from the FBI and NSA, to the IRS and local law enforcement. Many of these agencies have been breached within the last year and have outdated security systems, opening up the doors to even more cyber attacks.
- Companies that play along can get otherwise classified intelligence data from the government, including private information about their competitors.