Cybersecurity Act Rejected By The Senate
from the there-goes-that-one dept
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.