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Report: House Intell Panel to Vote on Cyber Info Sharing Bill Thursday

cyberThe House Intelligence Committee was scheduled Tuesday to introduce a cybersecurity bill that would offer liability safeguards for companies that participate in government-industry threat exchange efforts, National Journal reported Tuesday.

Dustin Volz writes the committee will put the Protecting Cyber Networks Act up for a vote on Thursday.

Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters Tuesday the bill’s quick movement is partly due to a bipartisan desire to address U.S. cybersecurity issues.

The legislation also contains three provisions designed to protect civil liberties by prohibiting surveillance, according to the report.

Reuters reported Tuesday the Protecting Cyber Networks Act would encourage the private sector to share cyber-related information with the government through a Department of Homeland Security-run portal.

If approved, the bill could move to a full House vote in late April, committee staffers told Reuters.

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 14-1 earlier this month to pass the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act.

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