While the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) failed to win support from the US Senate earlier this year, not every Senator has given up on passing some sort of legislation related to cybersecurity. This week Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, introduced a bill that is meant to "complement" CISPA and aims to encourage information-sharing between private companies and the government in the name of cybersecurity.
Advocacy groups have yet to comment on this new bill because the actual text has not been publicly released yet.
Meanwhile, the original author of CISPA, Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), said that Edward Snowden's revelations about spying programs really hurt efforts to pass meaningful cybersecurity legislation.
"Snowden clearly hurt our chances to have an unconfused debate about what we’re trying to accomplish," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said during a US Chamber of Commerce event Wednesday.
Rogers also rejected revelations of spying on US citizens as "misinformation," saying that the government doesn't care about what you are talking about in your email, on Facebook and Twitter. They are looking to stop the next terrorist attack, he claims.
Of course the documents leaked by Snowden show that the government does care what you are saying – if they didn't they wouldn't be collecting the data on such a large scale and analyzing it.
Source: Press TV