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Partisan Differences Revealed in Cybersecurity Acts

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 28, 2012

Reps. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced on Tuesday the House version of Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) SECURE IT Act, which excludes government mandates over infrastructure owners, a response to the bipartisan Cybersecurity Act of 2012, reports GovInfoSecurity. Some are pointing to the bill as a symbol of the growing partisan divide on what was believed to have been a bipartisan effort. Bono Mack says the GOP bill will allow for industry innovation to develop safety standards without "creating a new bureaucracy and spending money that we don't have," but Sen. Jim Langevin (D-RI) says, "Cybersecurity legislation without critical infrastructure protection is dangerously inadequate."
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