Strong privacy protections are included in the bill to ensure that private information remains just that, private. The bill strictly limits the government. It cannot demand any cyber-threat information from the private sector or withhold government information to force the private sector to share information. Moreover, information shared by the private sector must be protected from disclosure and can be used only for cyber or national security purposes.
As we look toward the Senate for action, we’ve sent them a bill that addresses the critical issue of information-sharing with an overwhelming bipartisan vote. There may be controversy over other cybersecurity issues, but there is a clear consensus on information sharing. The Senate must act now.
It’s only a matter of time before a catastrophic event forces our hand.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.