Report: In Wake of NSA Leaks, Lawmakers Won’t Push Cybersecurity Legislation Until Fall

While lawmakers would like to get back to pushing the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) and other cyber security proposals, it looks like Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA's spying has put the brakes on any legislation moving forward, according to Verge.

Bloomberg reports that members of the House and Senate are holding back on introducing their own versions of CISPA or similar cybersecurity legislation until the fall because of the public outcry following the revelations of the NSA's secret internet spying program PRISM and its surveillance of millions of mobile phones.

The revelations of the NSA's surveillance programs "probably couldn’t have come at a worse time," for Senate cyber bill prospects, Congressman Mike McCaul (R-TX) told Bloomberg. McCaul, a backer of CISPA, is one of several lawmakers delaying introduction of new proposals because they are worried there is no public appetite or trust for expanded government cyber programs. McCaul's new bill would allow companies to share information with the Department of Homeland Security.

One former NSA lawyer tells Bloomberg that the issue of cyber security has "become a radioactive fallout zone for a while in terms of new legislation."

While many lawmakers understand that CISPA has little chance of gaining support, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), intends to introduce a Senate version of CISPA that would contain more transparency for users and more liability for companies that don't protect user privacy when sharing information. But given the fact that Feinstein has also been an outspoken defender of PRISM and other NSA surveillance efforts, it's tough to say how privacy advocates and lawmakers who are concerned about the NSA's activities will receive such a bill.



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