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.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.