Senate Confirms No Action on CISPA Bill

As Atlantic Wire points out in this article, and which we anticipated to be the case in this story earlier in the week CISPA is all but dead in the Senate as lawmakers in the upper House tackle issues they deem more important this year. The Atlantic Wire describes the fate of CISPA in the Senate as dying "a quiet death in the Senate" this week, as the committee that would be responsible for the bill confirms it has no plans to tackle this issue – at least not as part of some gigantic piece of legislation.

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation is not completely forgetting about CISPA, though:

"We're not taking [CISPA] up," a committee representative told the media on Thursday. "Staff and senators are divvying up the issues and the key provisions everyone agrees would need to be handled if we're going to strengthen cybersecurity. They'll be drafting separate bills."

While this may seem like a cause for celebration for opponents of the bill, the ACLU's Michelle Richardson urges opponents to remain vigilant over the rest of 2013:

"I think it's dead for now," said Richardson. "We need to be vigilant as the year moves on to make sure that whatever the next product is, it's not CISPA-lite. I think this is probably going to take the rest of the year."

Source: The Atlantic Wire


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