U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, recently made efforts to revise the Cybersecurity Act he recently advanced.
Privacy advocates were originally concerned about the law which, like the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act before it, encouraged companies to share data about "cyber threats" with the federal government, according to a report from political news site The Hill
. This was because the newer bill had rather broad definitions of what kind of data on consumers could be shared, and allowed it to be sent to military agencies, such as the CIA and NSA.
The revision significantly shrinks the amount that can be shared, and requires that information only go to civilian government agencies, the report said. Now, privacy advocates including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Constitution Project say the changes are praiseworthy and took a significant amount of work.Eduard Goodman
, the chief information security officer for Identity Theft
911, writes regularly about the privacy challenges consumers already face, and what they can do to increase their personal protection online.
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