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Senate Homeland Security Panel Consults With Experts on Future Cyber Info-Sharing Bill

CongressThe Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is working with representatives from industry and civil liberties groups to develop potential legislation on cyber information sharing, USA Today reported Wednesday.

Erin Kelly writes that the move begins congressional efforts to craft and pass a bill that will give incentive to the private sector for collaborating with the government and protect them from certain liabilities for sharing information.

“Often times, legal ambiguities make companies think twice about sharing cyber threat information with the government or their peers. In some cases, companies are uncertain about what they can do to defend their own networks,” committee ranking member Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said during the Senate hearing.

“Legislation can fix these problems.”

The future bill has already received backing from President Barack Obama and organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Telecommunications Industry Association, the report said.

The Senate panel’s new chairman, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), led the hearing on Wednesday, where the five witnesses identified privacy concerns as a potential obstacle to passing a cyber information sharing bill.

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