The US Senate’s intelligence comity approved a law proposition that is meant to encourage companies in sharing information with the government regarding hacking attempts and security threats.
The approval came with a 12 to 3 majority and was given regardless of the fear that sufficient efforts were taken to preserve privacy.
Experts believe that the proposition was written in way that gives it the best possible chances of passing in the congress. “Cyber attacks are the biggest threat on our national and economic security these days, and the scope of the threat is only growing,” says Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), head of the comity, and added that “This proposition is a major step in harnessing the dangers of cyber attacks.”
The discussions on the propositions took quite a number of months, in an attempt to give private companies better communication regarding break-ins and cyber threats. Previous such propositions were delayed due to constitutional and privacy concerns, especially after the leaks made by Edward Snowden, that raised the issue into the public eye.
In order of the proposition to be accepted as a US official law, it must be accepted by the Senate, and it will likely be united with a similar proposition that was passed in the house of representatives this April.