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White House Shifts Stance; FBI Driving Wiretap Bill

CYBERSECURITY—U.S.

April 29, 2013

The Obama administration is changing its position on the path to creating a critical cybersecurity infrastructure from mandatory standards to a more voluntary approach lined with compliance incentives for private companies, The Washington Post reports. White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel said, “This is a huge focus for my office right now—driving forward and staying on track with the executive order.” The National Association of Federal Credit Unions has urged the Senate to consider cybersecurity legislation. The Post also reports on a government task force crafting legislation “that would pressure companies such as Facebook and Google to enable (FBI) officials to intercept online communications as they occur.” The Center for Democracy & Technology’s Greg Nojeim said the bill is a “non-starter” and added, “They might as well call it the Cyber Insecurity and Anti-Employment Act.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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