As debate begins and amendments are offered on the Cybersecurity Act Of 2012, the bill may end up going through some fundamental changes that will make it more palatable for those who oppose many of its murkier provisions. So far over 70 amendments have been offered to the bill that aims to protect critical infrastructure in the United States through government oversight.
While there have been some pretty over-the-top amendments offered – including a provision related to gun control and another related to Obamacare – some of the amendments being offered are very useful. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) offered three amendments that address some of the major concerns concerning privacy and information sharing between corporations and government agencies. Wyden's amendments include preventing warrantless GPS tracking, limiting access the government has to information stored on cloud networks, and an amendment that requires the President to get congressional approval of any cybersecurity treaty (which is already required by the U.S. Constitution).
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) introduced an amendment to remove Section 701, a provision that allows ISPs to monitor consumer communications without any kind of oversight, and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) offered an amendment that would make it a crime for companies to hide security breaches from consumers, and an amendment to create a national standard for data-breach notification. He also offered an amendment to eliminate the law that prevents sharing video-viewing habits online on networks like Facebook.
We will continue to watch the progress of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 in the Senate.
Source: WebPro News