New Cybersecurity Bill Not a Hit with Civil Liberties Groups – HSToday

The Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act, introduced February 17 by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman, Sen. Joe Lieberman, (I-Conn.) ranking member Sen. Susan Collins, (R-Maine), and Federal Financial Management Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), is meeting with a chilly reception by civil liberties groups.

The bill is a revision of legislation originally proposed last year, Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010, that was updated to counter fears that the law, if enacted, could allow a president to shut down or otherwise take control of the Internet in an emergency via a “kill switch.”