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Cyberbill vote could come up soon

Washington Examiner: 

Former Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., has seen this movie before, but this time around he believes cybersecurity legislation actually will get a date on the Senate floor this fall — and that a new cyber information-sharing law will be in place by the end of the year.

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) might not reach the floor this week — the annual Pentagon authorization bill will come up first — but Chambliss thinks the prospects look good for floor action once the Senate returns later this month from its Columbus Day recess.

“Senate adoption of CISA would be a big blow against privacy, even if all the pro-privacy amendments were adopted,” said Gregory Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology, reflecting the privacy community’s stance against the bill. “At the end of the day, if this bill becomes law, more personal information will flow unnecessarily to [the National Security Agency] and other agencies, and it will be used for other than cyber, including law enforcement.”

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