Cybersecurity Act Fails to Overcome Filibuster

Update: The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) issued the following statement shortly after hearing the news that the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 had failed to secure enough votes to get by a filibuster in the Senate:

"We were very pleased to see that the collective efforts of the many organizations and their respective individual members were again important and impactful. Legislators heard the countless voices speaking in unison and expressing their concerns about the Cybersecurity Act in much the same way they did regarding SOPA and PIPA earlier this year. While we can chalk this up as another victory, we remain concerned that we will see additional iterations in the fall and winter, so we must remain vigilant and resolute." Jennifer Mercurio, VP & Counsel, ECA

Original Story: The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 has failed to achieve the 60 votes it needed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate, ultimately putting the bill down for a dirt nap for the time being. The bill sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), failed to overcome a filibuster by a vote of 52 to 46. On Friday the Senate goes on its summer break and heads back home, with many Senators facing tough reelection fights. Ultimately this means that the Cybersecurity bill will not be passed this year – or at least before the 2012 election cycle that comes to a head in November.

One of the biggest problems with the bill is that it faced opposition of a bipartisan nature on every side. On one side high-ranking Republicans like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who opposed the bill because it created a whole new set of regulations for companies in the "critical infrastructure" sector. Some Senators even offered their own bills… On the other side of the isle, Democrats like Al Franken (D-MN) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) were concerned about the impact the bill would have on internet users' privacy and due process rights.

Of course, rights groups and conservative groups also did their part to let Senators know that they thought the bill should die on the floor of the Senate. At the end of the day that is exactly what happened. Hopefully the Senate will at least consider listening to stakeholders, rights groups, and American citizens before it decides to take on the issue of cybersecurity next time…

[Full Disclosure: GamePolitics is an ECA publication.]

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