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Government Surveillance

Analysis of Senate Cybersecurity Bills 2012

This report provides an in-depth analysis of the information sharing and countermeasure and monitoring provisions of the Lieberman-Collins and McCain bills in the Senate.

The Cybersecurity Act of 2012, S. 2105 (“Lieberman-Collins”), and SECURE IT, S. 2151 (“McCain”), both have broadly written provisions that would authorize ISPs and other companies to:

  • share private communications with the National Security Agency and other federal entities, or with any other agency of the federal government designated by the Department of Homeland Security;
  • monitor private communications passing over their networks; and
  • employ countermeasures against Internet traffic.