[Editors Note: This is one in a of series of blog posts from CDT on the Cybersecurity Act, S. 3414, a bill co-sponsored by Senators Lieberman and Collins that is slated to be considered on the Senate floor soon.]
Senate Republicans plan to push an alternative cybersecurity bill that raises fundamental civil liberties concerns. It permits ISPs and others to share broadly-defined cyber threat information with the federal government, it allows the information to be used for purposes unrelated to cybersecurity, and it permits the information to be shared directly with the National Security Agency (NSA), a military spy agency.
The Republican substitute will be a revised version of the SECURE IT Act (now numbered S. 3342, formerly S. 2151), introduced by Senator McCain and other Republicans. The original version of SECURE IT drew strong criticism in a May 14 letter from CDT and other privacy groups across the political spectrum. We said back then that the bill raised fundamental civil liberties issues, did not address concerns raised by the Cybersecurity Act, and was not a viable alternative to the leading bill, sponsored by Senators Lieberman and Collins.
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