Aug 292009
 
 August 29, 2009  Posted by  Featured News, Govt, Laws, Online, U.S.

Declan McCullagh reports that

Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.

They’re not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.

Read more on Cnet

Update of 9-1-09: Senator Rockefeller’s office issued a statement yesterday refuting the characterization of the bill in the Cnet story. Please see the update here.

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