Cybersecurity Act Rejected By The Senate

from the there-goes-that-one dept

Over the last few days, it became clear that the big Cybersecurity Act in the Senate almost certainly didn't have the votes to pass. However, with all the negotiating and horse trading going on, there was still the possibility on some sort of "deal." Unfortunately, it seemed like the push for a deal also meant a push towards weakening the privacy protections. In the end, there was no deal, and no Cybersecurity Act this time around, as the vote in the Senate failed to reach the 60 vote threshold necessary for cloture (basically to continue moving the bill forward).

This certainly doesn't mean that any cybersecurity legislation is dead. There likely will be other attempts to get something through -- either something much less complex in this lame duck session, or (more likely) a bigger effort next year. The bill failed, in part, because some businesses were worried about it creating too many regulations for them. I still think it should have failed for failing to explain why it was actually needed. The good news, however, is that this latest version of the bill definitely took privacy concerns more seriously -- and the support for the Franken/Paul amendment would have made privacy safeguards even stronger. Hopefully this means that when the next attempt at cybersecurity comes through, that the baseline will include strong privacy safeguards. I'll have some more thoughts later on what Congress should do if it really wants to pass a cybersecurity bill, but for now, this version of the bill is dead.


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    SolkeshNaranek (profile), Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 10:52am

    Looks like CISPA is getting a renewed push due to the demise of the CyberSecurity bill.

    There is no shortage of poorly thought out and written bills.

    There is also no shortage of clueless politicians to push these pathetic attempts.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 10:58am

    There's no rest. SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, Cybersecutity, Protect the Children Act... The attacks against freedom are relentless!

    Keep your guns loaded ppl, next attempt is lurking in the shadows just waiting for our weakness.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 11:07am

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    I hope we'll get another speech from General Keith Alexander. I still can't believe that his "cyber is at the speed of light" didn't take off like Senator Ted Stevens' "series of tubes"...

     

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    Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 11:13am

    Banks killed it

    I'm reading that there was a bunch of resistance from financial companies (banks) against this.

    "In a letter Wednesday to Senate leaders, nine industry groups, including the American Bankers Association and
    the Financial Services Roundtable, argued that the bill would add a layer of inconsistent and potentially
    duplicative regulation for financial firms."
    American Banker
    "Industry Groups Oppose Senate Cyber-Security Bill"
    By Kevin Wack
    2 August 2012

    Sorry, I don't have a link. I get this from an internal company site.

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 11:17am

    Re: Guns Loaded

    Careful there, the NSA/FBI/TSA/Secret Service or some other TLA/ETLA might decide your a terrorist and perhaps drone you... they may decide you're some sort of free thinker or anarchist.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 11:22am

    Re: Re: Guns Loaded

    Think I'm some sort of information terrorist as some shill pointed out when Anonymous hacked the Australian ISP to protest against bad bills. I'll be living in a bunker from now on, thank you.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 11:26am

    Re: Banks killed it

    No matter, they'll blame Google as always.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 11:57am

    Interesting that the vote was largely along party lines, with about 5 Repubs voting yes and about 5 Dems voting no.

    Vote: 52 for and 46 against (with 2 not voting)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 11:59am

    FreeTard. /s

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 12:22pm

    Those who love sausage and respect the law shouldn't watch either being made. Repost from /.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 12:36pm

    Obligatory Simpsons quote:

    Speaker: Then it is unanimous, we are going to approve the bill to evacuate the town of Springfield in the great state of—
    Congressman: Wait a second, I want to tack on a rider to that bill – $30 million of taxpayer money to support the perverted arts.
    Speaker: All in favor of the amended Springfield-slash-pervert bill? [entire Congress boos] Bill defeated. [gavel]
    Kent Brockman: I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply doesn't work. repost ==> /.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 12:47pm

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    The analogy is completely wrong. I've seen sausage being made and still find it delicious. I've seen laws being made and have never been able to rid myself of the nausea.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 1:18pm

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    Freetard banks apparently

     

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    gorehound (profile), Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 1:24pm

    Now am looking forward to the day either seeing Republicans and Democrats out of Office or the Revolution.
    I hate this Government and want it out of my life.
    Take your mindless controlling loss of Rights Bills and shove em up your ass Politicians.

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 1:55pm

    Re: Re:

    I also cyber at the speed of light! That's why girls call me "the Flash!"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 5:12pm

    Re: Re: Guns Loaded

    Anarchy; to avoid the use of coercion, violence, force and authority, while still producing a productive and desirable society. That is my anarchy. Doesn't sound like terrorism to me. When you use this definition our government begins to sound more and more like a terrorist entity.

     

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    Mason Wheeler, Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 7:07pm

    Re: Re: Re: Guns Loaded

    Sounds real nice. Only one problem with it, though: it's impossible to implement in practice as it goes directly contrary to human nature.

    Human nature abhors a power vacuum, to borrow a well-known phrase. I'm not aware of any time in the history of any civilization in which a period of anarchy (the absence of a strong ruling power of some sort) was not marked by strife and bloodshed as multiple factions attempted to claim the #1 spot.

    Any social organization you can think of that consists of more than a handful of members is either organized in a very specific way, or it falls apart quickly. That specific way is the pattern of human nature, the pattern of an extended human family. It's essentially shaped like a pyramid.

    Every organization, be it families, social clubs, businesses, churches, political parties or entire nations, has a pyramid-shaped hierarchy in some form. The details vary wildly, but the fundamental structure does not.

    There have been some groups that consciously attempt to subvert this structure, most recently the Occupy Wall Street movement. If they're notable for anything, it tends to be for their failure to actually accomplish anything. This is not a coincidence.

    So you can dream of "productive anarchy" if you want, but in real life no such thing has ever existed, nor will it without a fundamental shift in human nature.

     

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    mand, Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 7:31pm

    Gun control attempt helped sink it

    Democrat Chuck Schumer was trying to slip an anti-gun amendment onto the cybersecurity bill, but people noticed.

    nice try chuck. Very sleazy attempt by the Democrats to try and slip something like this buy, obviously trying to ride the emotional wave from the Aurora, CO incident.

    http://thehill.com/video/senate/240657-cybersecurity-bill-includes-gun-control-measure

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 7:37pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Guns Loaded

    I understand it is nothing but a pipe dream Human nature dictates its own demise.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 7:38pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Guns Loaded

    Gotta be a top monkey, gotta be.

     

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    The Mighty Buzzard (profile), Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 7:57pm

    Re:

    Just do what I do. Have a thorough, unbiased look at the candidates and vote for the one you'd most like to choke to death.

    The quicker we get so corrupt and generally fucked up that the average Joe can't easily ignore it, the quicker we can do something about it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2012 @ 7:59pm

    A bill should be about a specific thing. The concept of a rider is nothing but a recipe for pork barrel graft and ineffectiveness. Maybe a little off topic but still valid

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 3rd, 2012 @ 7:22am

    Re: Gun control attempt helped sink it

    Didn't Mike Lee(R-Utah) try to add an anti-abortion thing too?

    You know, to protect unborn cyberchildren and shit.

     

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