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CISA Passed The Senate; What Happens Next?

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act passed in the Senate on Tuesday, and parts of the bill that worried privacy advocates are still in place.

By Evan Thomas | October 28, 2015

CISA passed 74-21 in the Senate. Now what?

Lawmakers rejected all amendments, including those that would protect personal information (55-41) or more closely define "cybersecurity threat" (60-35) to prevent the law from being abused. (Video via C-SPAN)

Aspects that worried privacy advocates are still in place. Private agencies may gather and share cybersecurity threat information on their networks "notwithstanding any other provision of law" — despite pushback from privacy advocates, security researchers, a good chunk of Silicon Valley and even the Department of Homeland Security.

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Now, CISA goes to a congressional conference committee where members will work out the final language.

The House and the Senate must agree on CISA's language before it reaches the president's desk.

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