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Congress to Consider Radically Different Approaches in Cybersecurity Standoff

The House of Representatives has plans to focus on cybersecurity in the coming weeks and, as a result, is slated to consider at least two bills that have gained substantial traction out of committee.  These bills carve out exceptions to privacy laws to allow private companies to disclose “cyber threat intelligence” to the government.  The need for such a law is proclaimed by political officials and private entities alike. Current privacy laws—such as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act or the Privacy Act—provide an all-important shield against disclosure of private information but often have the consequence of hamstringing efforts to identify and prevent cyber threats.  Read more

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