Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

CISA Passed The Senate; What Happens Next?

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act passed in the Senate on Tuesday, and parts of the bill that worried privacy advocates are still in place.

CISA Passed The Senate; What Happens Next?
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CISA passed 74-21 in the Senate. Now what?

Lawmakers rejected all amendments, including those that would protect personal information (55-41) or more closely define "cybersecurity threat" (60-35) to prevent the law from being abused. (Video via C-SPAN)

Aspects that worried privacy advocates are still in place. Private agencies may gather and share cybersecurity threat information on their networks "notwithstanding any other provision of law" — despite pushback from privacy advocates, security researchers, a good chunk of Silicon Valley and even the Department of Homeland Security.

Now, CISA goes to a congressional conference committee where members will work out the final language.

The House and the Senate must agree on CISA's language before it reaches the president's desk.