New Cybersecurity Legislation Introduced

Senators Lieberman, Collins, and Carper of the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee have introduced the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010. The bill would establish a White House Office of Cyberspace Policy and a National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications. The bill would  allow the President to declare a "national cyber emergency" and implement emergency measures, although it would not allow these measures to set aside requirements of the Wiretap Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  The bill would also make certain changes to the Federal Information Security Management Act. The Committee released a summary of the bill. EPIC is currently seeking to make public the NSA's authority for cyber security.  For more information, see EPIC Cybersecurity and Privacy.

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