Stephen C. Webster reports:
During a press conference at the capitol on Tuesday, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CN) urged fellow lawmakers to pass his Internet spying bill in order to prevent what he dubbed “a cyber 9/11 or a 9/11 Pearl Harbor.”
“The danger of cyber attacks against the United States is clear, present and growing, with enemies ranging from rival nations to cyber terrorists to organized criminal organizations to rogue hackers,” he said.
The Cyberecurity Act of 2012 represents a compromise version of legislation the former Democrat has been pushing since 2010, which flips his originally proposed mandates and replaces them with a voluntary incentive plan — a move key to securing support from Republicans. It would also open up channels for information sharing between corporations and government agencies, which has many civil liberties advocates very worried about how the nation’s law enforcement and spy agencies will use that private data.
“What’s clear is that the cyber train is leaving the station and we are happy to help break the news that it looks like the Senate is moving to pass something much better than CISPA from a privacy standpoint,” the American Civil Liberties Union said in prepared text. “Not all of the problems with the Cybersecurity Act are solved yet, and you better believe that amendments to strip the privacy protections are in the mix.”
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