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Lawmakers Disagree on How To Legislate Cybersecurity

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 2, 2012

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has said cybersecurity legislation is critical and that he will push for a vote by July. But lawmakers continue to disagree on the government's role in legislating the Internet, The Hill reports. Although the House passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protect Act (CISPA) in April, the Obama administration and a group of senators have endorsed the Cybersecurity Act instead, arguing CISPA would undermine privacy. Privacy groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Democracy and Technology are pushing for stronger privacy safeguards within the Cybersecurity Act while Senate Republicans are pushing their own Secure IT Act.
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Editor’s Note: This October, Global Privacy and Public Policy Officer of Acxiom Corporation Jennifer Barrett Glasgow, CIPP/US, will discuss how you can impact privacy legislation in the breakout session The CPO as Thought Leader, Influencing Legislation in the U.S. and Abroad at the IAPP Privacy Academy 2012 in San Jose, CA.