House Passes Complementary Cyber Information-Sharing Bill


Another cybersecurity bill will move on to the Senate.

A day after the House of Representatives passed an information sharing bill that raised concerns among privacy advocates, the chamber passed the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act on a vote of 355-63 (a rare feat in Congress these days).

The bill, introduced in the House Homeland Security Committee, will allow companies to share information about cyber breaches with the Department of Homeland Security. This bill was far less controversial than The Protecting Cyber Networks Act that privacy advocates characterized as a surveillance bill by another name. The Protecting Cyber Networks Act was aimed at helping companies improve their defense against cyber hacks by sharing information with other companies and the government about cyber hacks. Despite amendments that required two scrubs of personal information from any threat data shared with the government, privacy advocates continue to worry it will give the…

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