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CBS: State of the Union Finally an Agenda for the 21st Century?

CDT’s Senior Policy Director, Chris Calabrese, spoke with Stephanie Condon of CBS News about President Obama’s cyber proposals mentioned during the State of the Union.

Earlier in the month, Mr. Obama put forward a series of cyber-related proposals, including a plan to expand broadband access, create new online consumer protections, and enhance corporate and government cybersecurity measures.

Chris Calabrese argues that Mr. Obama’s cyber proposals are a good start but incomplete. Specifically, the cybersecurity proposals leaves key privacy provisions to be written by the Department of Homeland Security, and “the devil’s going to be very much in the details,” Calabrese said. The proposals could end up allowing private companies to share any information related to a cyber threat, regardless of other privacy laws.

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