October has been a busy month in the area of cybersecurity-related legislation. Here’s a quick update:
- Cyber security bill advances in Senate: The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act has advanced in the Senate. The bill encourages companies to share best practices and data regarding cybersecurity incidents. While it received bi-partisan support, some politicians and industry leaders oppose the bill. Rand Paul, for example, has been critical of the bill for granting what he calls “legal immunity” to companies who share information. And, as this ABC story notes, “Apple, Twitter and some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley have come out swinging against [the]controversial cyber security bill that could soon be put to a vote in the U.S. Senate.” Apple’s primary concern is that it infringes on the privacy of its customers and on consumers in general. The Bill still has a ways to go—it has to make it through the Senate and then through reconciliation with a house version passed earlier this year.
- Earlier this month, California passed the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The law is aimed at law enforcement, and requires police to procure a warrant before obtaining someone’s personal electronic information; it also requires the government to procure a warrant before it compels a business to produce a customer’s sensitive personal electronic information.