Senators Offer Compromise on Cybersecurity Bill

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) are offering a draft cybersecurity bill to fellow senators that they hope will convince them to support the bill. In the new bill Homeland Security would have the power to “pressure” but not force critical infrastructure companies to improve the security of their computer systems.

The Senate version of the Cybersecurity bill sponsored by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT.) and Susan Collins (R-ME.) is taking a lot of heat from Republican lawmakers. Republicans, led by Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), have strongly criticized the bill, saying it would impose unnecessary burdens on businesses. Of course it would be nice if Senators were up in arms about the potential damage the bill could do to the rights of everyday citizens… The White House has endorsed a bill from Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine).

The proposal could still get a cool reception from industry groups that oppose the regulatory regime of Lieberman-Collins because it still creates a special program to watch over and scrutinize their security systems.

Meanwhile, Internet and free speech advocates still think both the Senate’s version of the bill and the House’s bill (CISPA) are a horrible idea. Eventually these two bills will have to be reconciled into one nightmarish Frankenstein monster that covers critical infrastructure concerns and gives law enforcement and government agencies access to internet users’ private information in the name of cybersecurity…

Source: The Hill

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