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Revised Cybersecurity Bill May Get Vote

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 24, 2012

A revised version of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 may get a vote before senators leave for the August recess, SC Magazine reports. Cosponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), the bill would not require organizations to meet security standards but, through a voluntary program, would provide incentives for meeting best practices. Lieberman said “we are going to try carrots instead of sticks as we begin to improve our cyber defences.” The Electronic Frontier Foundation has said it is pleased with the bill’s privacy protections, while Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society has raised additional privacy concerns. In an op-ed, President Barack Obama warned about potential cybersecurity attacks.
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