The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan cybersecurity bill on Tuesday over concerns from tech companies on the impact the information-sharing provisions in the bill might have on individual privacy.
The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act puts in place voluntary information sharing programs between the federal government, state and local governments as well as private companies and other entities.
The bill easily cleared the Senate 74-21 Tuesday night. Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, was among the notable senators who voted against the bill.
“Its voluntary information-sharing provisions are key to defeating cyberattacks and protecting the personal information of the people we represent,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said on the floor Tuesday morning. “We also know the bill contains measures to protect civil liberties and individual privacy.”
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