As Expected, Senate Has No Interest In CISPA; Planning Its Own Cybersecurity Bill Instead

from the cybersecurity,-the-sequel dept

It's really looking like the cybersecurity legislation fight for 2013 is merely a remake of the 2012 edition. First, the House passes CISPA in April, despite widespread privacy concerns (and CISPA's backers pretending they've taken care of them). Then, the Senate goes in a totally different direction with a bigger, more complex cybersecurity bill (last year there were multiple versions before the compromise Cybersecurity Act became the bill of choice) that at least (eventually, with amendments) is a little more conscious of privacy issues, but which then fails to pass the Senate because the Chamber of Commerce freaks out about "something something regulations." And, then cybersecurity regulations, CISPA and all, die out until the following year. At least the first part of that, with CISPA happened both years, and now the Senate has made clear that it's going in its own direction again in part because it feels that CISPA does not do enough to protect privacy (whether or not that's the real reason is left open to speculation). Who knows if the rest of the script will play out the same, or if the sequel will have some plot-defying twists. Either way, it seems pretty clear that CISPA, as written, is officially stalled out. And that's a good thing, though we'll be paying close attention to what comes out of the Senate in the months ahead.
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 26 Apr 2013 @ 12:07pm

    Re: Maybe this isn't about cyber security at all, it's about money?

    In such a system, it becomes far more important that you stall legislation than it does to consider the public interest.

    Such a situation should be anathema to anything that calls itself a democracy.

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