We are writing to express the views of the Center for Democracy & Technology on the Committee Amendment to the Cybersecurity Act of 2009. The amendment, which will be offered as a substitute for the underlying bill at a Commerce Committee mark-up scheduled for March 24, 2010, substantially improves and strengthens the legislation. It addresses almost every concern CDT raised about the original version of the legislation and adopts a number of suggestions that CDT provided to your staff.
We applaud you and your staff for the open, collaborative, year-long process that led to these dramatic improvements in the legislation. You listened to our concerns. You were willing to consider proposals that CDT and other stakeholders suggested, and you made significant changes.