Senate lawmakers failed to pass cybersecurity legislation in 2012, and the bill drafted Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., faces an uphill battle to break that trend, reports U.S. News. The Senate Intelligence Committee postponed a markup of Feinstein’s bill that would allow companies to share information about digital threats to help prevent cybersecurity attacks, so senators will have to move fast to address privacy concerns as the upcoming summer recess and election season will slow the lawmaking process.
The White House has long pressured Congress to pass legislation to address gaps in America's cybersecurity. Nearly half of U.S. adults had personal information stolen during the past 12 months, according to a recent study. The Senate bill directs companies to keep personally identifying information from being shared, and directs the attorney general to ensure the government's use of cybersecurity information is limited to appropriate purposes. The legislation also mandates information shared with the federal government must be provided to the Department of Homeland Security and other relevant federal departments, which concerns privacy advocates including the Center for Democracy and Technology.