The Senate is again preparing for another round of cybersecurity legislation battles. In this corner, we have Senator Joseph Lieberman, who is looking to have a slightly more modest version of his cybersecurity bill passed before he leaves office in January. The bill has been added to the Senate’s post-election calendar, and a vote could happen within the week.
And in the other corner, we have the Republicans, who state that Lieberman’s bill is overly regulated, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who says that it’s deeply “flawed”.
Cybersecurity legislation has become an ongoing fight in the Senate. Lieberman’s Cybersecurity Act of 2012 failed to generate the votes needed (52 of needed 60) to move forward this past August, but with the threat of President Obama’s executive order looming, a more refined version of the Act could possibly gain the momentum needed to pass this time around.
Let’s get ready to rumble!
Sen. Joseph Lieberman spent years fighting unsuccessfully for a so-called Internet kill switch that would grant the president vast power over private networks during a “national cyberemergency.”
Now Lieberman (I-Conn.), who did not seek re-election, is hoping a more modest version of his proposal will be approved before he leaves office in January. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has inserted the cybersecurity bill into the Senate’s post-election calendar, and a vote could happen as early as this week after debate on a proposal to open more public land for hunting and fishing.
That move has reignited a long-simmering dispute over privacy, regulation, and cybersecurity, with Republicans saying Lieberman’s bill is overly regulatory, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce calling it deeply “flawed.” Civil liberties groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation oppose Lieberman’s bill on privacy grounds, warning that it gives “companies new rights to monitor our private communications and pass that data to the government.
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