• On April 27, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) by a margin of 248 votes to 168. The bill is designed to lift legal barriers that make it difficult for the intelligence community and private companies to share information about cyber-threats and attacks. CISPA is one of the few recent pieces of privacy-related legislation to receive support from some big industry players, most notably Facebook. Leading privacy groups, however, have opposed CISPA, fearing it would do more to endanger privacy than aid cybersecurity. For many of the same reasons, the White House has recently threatened to veto the bill. In the Senate, where some Senators have voiced criticism of CISPA, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 has been introduced as an alternative. It would give the Department of Homeland Security the authority to establish security standards for and assess the risks and vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure systems.

The text of CISPA is available here.

The text of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 is available here.

  • House Telecom Subcommittee Chair Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Ranking Member Anna Eshoo, D-Cal., have established a bipartisan Federal Spectrum Working Group “to examine how the federal government can use the nation's airwaves more efficiently.” It will be co-chaired by Reps. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., and Doris Matsui, D-Cal., with Reps. Walden and Eshoo serving ex officio. For more information, click here.