Senate Passes Cyber Bill, Ducking Privacy Fears for Now
Despite howls of protest from privacy advocates, the Senate on Tuesday passed legislation aimed at bolstering the nation’s defenses against hackers.
The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, passed the Senate 74-21.
Since the House earlier this year passed two different versions of a cyber-information-sharing bill, lawmakers from the Senate and House will have to come together in a conference to align their versions of the legislation into a final, unified version of the bill that will need to be passed again by both chambers before it can be signed into law.
Opposition to the bill, which would provide incentives to private businesses to share information about online threats with each other and with the federal government, was led by the Senate’s privacy hawks—Ron Wyden, Patrick Leahy, and Al Franken—and backed by civil liberties groups and tech companies who were unhappy with the bill’s privacy protections.