Cybermess! Security Bill Is Nowhere Near Being Signed

After years of work, backers of the sweeping Cybersecurity Act of 2012 say they’re eager for Senate debate on the bill, but divisions over privacy and regulation show little sign of abating.

This was supposed to be the bill that got everyone on board. But its sponsors are back at the drawing board with Republicans, who say the bill would create too much government regulation; and with civil-liberties groups and some Democrats, who say the proposal could run roughshod over privacy laws.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has introduced broad cybersecurity legislation annually for the past several years, with little to show for it. Orchestrated by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., a multi-committee, bipartisan working-group process was supposed to break the stalemate and deliver an omnibus bill.

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