Last summer, vocal opposition from American Internet users encouraged the Senate to back off on Senator Joseph Lieberman’s (I-Conn.) Cybersecurity Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called for another vote on the bill in a lame-duck session this week, leading to a close 51-47 vote against cloture for the act and barring it from moving forward.
The Cybersecurity Act, along with a handful of other Congressional cybersecurity initiatives, included vague definitions for terms such as “cybersecurity threat,” “cybersecurity threat indicator” and “countermeasures” that had the potential for manipulation to provide massive expansion of government power over the Internet.
According to the Electronic Freedom Foundation, the Senate voted correctly by not proceeding on the Cybersecurity Act. EFF lauded the fact that Reid declared “all cybersecurity bills dead for this Congress.”
EFF Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien said: “We’re looking forward to having a more informed debate about cybersecurity next session, and hope Congress will bear in mind the serious privacy interests of individual Internet users. We don’t need to water down existing privacy law to address the challenges of cybersecurity.”