Friday, August 03, 2012

Senate lets Cybersecurity Act die, but better privacy protections likely in future bills

The US Senate effectively “killed” the Cyber-Security Act of 2012 when it mustered only a 52-46 simple majority Thursday. The bill, S3414 before the 112th Congress, would have needed 60 votes to pass.

WebPro has a story by Zach Walton on the vote here

This means that there probably won’t be a similar bill this session.

The bill, however, might have entertained amendments that would have allowed a lot more consumer privacy protection, according to Walton. There might have been provisions added to stop warrantless GPS tracking, some kinds of ISP surveillance, and interference with video sharing.

Electronic Frontier Foundation had strongly opposed the bill.

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