Cybersecurity Bill Passes In The US HouseSubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 04/26/2012 - 19:14
Cybersecurity Bill Passes In The US House
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a Republican-backed cybersecurity bill, a day after President Barack Obama’s administration called the measure flawed and threatened a veto.
The bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, passed the House today by a vote of 248 to 168. The measure, introduced by Representative Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican who heads the House Intelligence Committee, would encourage the government and companies to share data on cyber threats and give businesses legal immunity for such exchanges.
The Obama administration said in a statement yesterday it “strongly opposes” the House bill in its current form, adding that the measure falls short in protecting the nation’s critical systems from cyber attacks and would erode consumer-privacy safeguards. Civil liberties groups have protested the legislation, saying it would let too much personal data flow to the government without limits on use.
The White House supports a bill from Senator Joseph Lieberman, a Connecticut Independent, that would put the Department of Homeland Security in charge of regulating cybersecurity of the nation’s vital systems such as power grids and water-treatment plants. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, has pledged to bring the Lieberman bill to the Senate floor without giving a date.