The bill endorsed by the White House was put on hold and wonít pass through the US Senate in the near future due to a revolt led by Republicans: apparently, the Senate wonít review Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa) until after its summer recess.
Oregon Democratic senator Ron Wyden pointed out that the Republicanís decision to put off a vote on the bill gives more time to mobilize and persuade Congress to take up law that would actually improve Americansí security, while also protecting their privacy. With the delay, there is horse-trading: Democrats will now get a limited number of eleven amendments to the bill, while Republicans will have ten.
The proposed bill would allow everyone from banks to data brokers and Facebook to secretly share the data of their users with the government for greater security. The problem is that the approach comes at the cost of defense, because the governmentís focus on collecting the data of suspects diverts valuable resources from fixing the real problems and keeping hackers out. Some believe that the government instead needs people working on systems that donít leak data.
In the meantime, the bill continues to face opposition: for example, one of its co-sponsors said the Senate might not be able to vote on Cisa before its summer recess. Perhaps, after a recent series of high-profile leaks, the governmentís data security track record could use some work before people hand over personal data. The bill does not address the way the information would be handled as rigorously as necessary.
In the meantime, some believe that hackers are easy to misidentify by nature, because you never know where cyberattacks are coming from: in most cases, it is still hard to tell if a hack was a result of a state-sponsored military operation or a 13-year-old in his own basement in the US.