Cybersecurity Act morphing into an executive order? A leaked draft of White House plan

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Congress has had trouble passing a Cybersecurity Act. So now the White House is considering an executive order to act as a stand-in for that legislation.

Word of the executive order has spurred an outcry from Republicans and others who are concerned about an excessive power grab by the Obama administration. But now word has surfaced about a draft of the executive order and it has been published online.

The draft has elements of the Senate bill proposed by Lieberman-Collins, but it also pretty vague, according to Techdirt. The requirements for government agencies, for instance, are left open to interpretation.  The language does not appear to highlight privacy issues or civil liberties in an extensive way. It does outline 16 critical infrastructure sectors that need to be protected, like the electric grid, nuclear power plants, water plants and others.

 


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