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House passes bill to offer liability protection for sharing of cybersecurity information


From the April 19, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published April 19, 2013

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director
Despite a veto threat by the White House, the House by a bipartisan vote of 288-127 yesterday passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (H.R. 624), which would offer liability protection for those who share information about threats to cybersecurity. APPA supports the legislation and joined with other electricity organizations in an April 9 letter urging House members to pass the bill, which was sponsored by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md. The Senate’s plans for taking up the bill are unclear at this time.

H.R. 624 appropriately requires the federal government to protect privacy when handling cybersecurity information, the White House said in an April 16 statement of administration policy. However, the administration "remains concerned that the bill does not require private entities to take reasonable steps to remove irrelevant personal information when sending cybersecurity data to the government or other private sector entities," the White House said. The administration also expressed concern about the broad scope of liability limitations in H.R. 624.

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