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Alejandro Mayorkas: Senate Cyber Bill Falls Short of DHS’ Privacy Protection Goals

Alejandro Mayorkas
Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas, deputy secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, has warned that Senate’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act would curb privacy rights and complicate threat intelligence exchange efforts, National Journal reported Monday.

Kaveh Waddell writes Mayorkas raised his concerns about the Senate Intelligence Committee-approved bill in a written response to an inquiry letter from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).

Mayorkas said DHS believes the legislation would make it harder for the department to remove identifying information from industry’s threat intelligence and protect citizens’ privacy, according to National Journal.

The department has been working with other federal agencies and private companies to fight computer threats through the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

DHS wants cybersecurity legislation to keep NCCIC as a hub for expanded data-exchange initiatives between the government and industry instead of authorizing information dissemination across agencies, the report said.

Waddell reports that Senate could vote on the bill this week.

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