Cyber Bill okayed by US Senate committee; faces uphill struggle

Privacy concerns over information-sharing proposal may stymie move to protect critical infrastructure

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By  Stephen McBride Published  July 9, 2014

The US Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday cleared a Bill designed to spur information sharing among the public and private sector in a bid to protect critical infrastructure against cyber attacks, Reuters reported.

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The legislation still must be approved by a full vote in the US Senate and must be adjusted to mesh with a Bill that passed the House of Representatives in April. Already concerns have emerged among lawmakers of possible privacy violations, an issue made more sensitive since ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of secret surveillance programmes.

"Cyber attacks present the greatest threat to our national and economic security today, and the magnitude of the threat is growing," said committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat and co-author of the Bill with Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican.

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"This bill is an important step toward curbing these dangerous cyber attacks."

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