President Barack Obama yesterday urged members of the U.S. Senate to pass the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 and encouraged representatives of Congress to draft and pass a similar bill quickly, saying:
Today we can see the cyber threat to the networks upon which so much of our modern American lives depend. We have the opportunity—and the responsibility—to take action now and stay a step ahead of our adversaries. For the sake of our national and economic security, I urge the Senate to pass the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 and Congress to send me comprehensive legislation so I can sign it into law.
Once passed, the President believes that, "(t)his approach stays true to our values as a society that cherishes free enterprise and the rights of the individual. Cybersecurity standards would be developed in partnership between government and industry."
Corporations and trade associations which have backed the bill include the MPAA, RIAA and ESA – each representing content companies from the movie, music and games sectors.
The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 is sponsored by Independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, and Democratic Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Critics of the legislation include advocacy and privacy organizations such as ECA, EFF and ACLU among others. And the ECA has a related action alert for consumers to contact their representatives, here.
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