Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) issued a joint statement announcing their new plans to push for a revamped cybersecurity bill. While details on the bill have not be released because it is still in "draft form" at the moment, the bill sounds like it has the same language that CISPA did.
"We have worked together for months to draft a bill that allows companies to monitor their computer networks for cyber-attacks, promotes sharing of cyber threat information and provides liability protection for companies who share that information," the senators wrote in a joint statement released yesterday. "After reaching agreement on draft legislation, we circulated that draft bill language to relevant parties in the executive branch, private industry and the privacy community for comment," they say. "Once those comments are returned, which we hope will happen quickly, we will consider the final legislation."
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Ranking Member C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger (D-Md.) also issued a joint statement applauding progress the senators are making on the bill.
"We applaud the work the Senate Intelligence Committee has done to move this vital legislation forward," the congressmen say. "We urge their Senate colleagues to work with them to get this bill passed through the Senate. Private hackers and countries like China, Russia and Iran pose a serious threat to American companies, networks and critical infrastructure. The House has already passed its cybersecurity legislation, and Congress as a whole must act to give these companies the help they need to defend their networks and our economic prosperity."
It is obvious that these four lawmakers have been working closely together to craft a new cybersecurity bill, but it's debatable that it can pass the smell test when it comes to protecting and preserving Americans' privacy right. All of the aforementioned lawmakers have strongly supported and defended the NSA's over-broad surveillance activities and have had nothing but disparaging things to say about the man that brought to light all of the NSA's questionable data collection practices (Edward Snowden).
We will have more on this story as it develops.