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Groups Warn New Cybersecurity Bill Oversteps

Apr 08, 2009, 17:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kenneth Corbin)

"That's the concern of some digital rights groups, who fear that last week's sweeping cybersecurity bill could give the government overly broad power to regulate the Internet in times of crisis -- or even pull the plug on it entirely.

"One group, the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), quickly lashed out at the Senate bill for aiming to give the "federal government extraordinary power over private sector Internet services, applications and software."

"The bill, introduced by Commerce Committee Chairman John Rockefeller, D-W.V., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, aims to strengthen coordination between the public and private sectors in response to Internet threats, but the CDT fears that it goes too far."

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