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Sens. Call on Obama To Issue Cybersecurity Order

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 31, 2012

At least two senators have called on the Obama administration to issue an Executive Order on cybersecurity after Congress failed to pass legislation on the issue, Hogan Lovells’ Chronicle of Data Protection reports. In an open letter to the White House, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) wrote, “our critical infrastructure, our financial hubs and our ability to defend the nation are at risk; we must take action to address these vulnerabilities as soon as possible.” Feinstein did note that the administration does not have power to offer legal certainty or protection to firms that share cybersecurity data with the government, the report states. Meanwhile, some experts say impending cybersecurity initiatives further prompt the need for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
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