Earlier today, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 failed in the Senate! A huge thank you to all of you who emailed and called the Senate.
The bill failed to clear a cloture vote and will not advance to a general vote. The cloture vote was 52 for, 46 against, and 2 not voting. The vote was largely on partisan lines. Neither Senators Brown or Kerry voted against the bill, unfortunately.
While it is likely the bill will not come back for this session, it doesn’t make sense to keep our guard down since it will come back. Computer security & entertainment companies as well as the military and security services will keep up their wild claims that cyber crime costs the world economy $1 trillion. A claim that lumps computer viruses, computer espionage and file sharing under the term cyber crime.
Next time we need to be more ready to work not only to make sure a future cyber security bill protects our privacy on the internet, but also to challenge those in government to justify the need for such a bill in the first place. We look forward to your help!