CDT: Privacy, transparency needed in US cybersecurity policy

[IDG] U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration and Congress will have to address major civil liberties and transparency concerns as they create new policies to tackle ongoing cybersecurity vulnerabilties in the government and private industry, a digital rights group said.The White House is scheduled to complete a 60-day review of federal government cybersecurity efforts this week, and questions about civil liberties, privacy and other issues must be addressed, said officials with the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), a digital rights group. The Obama administration has so far talked about cybersecurity in broad terms, with the potential for new regulations that have wide-ranging effects, said Leslie Harris, CDT’s president and CEO. tech group: Cybersecurity efforts gaining steam
Bills intended to help secure U.S. computer networks, the power grid and other critical infrastructure are expected in the coming weeks, a high-tech watchdog group said today.While Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, were first out of the gate with legislation this month, multiple committees share jurisdiction over the issue and are expected to offer ideas on how to improve the nation’s cybersecurity. Center for Democracy and Technology CEO Leslie Harris said the Rockefeller-Snowe bill, which among other things would establish a White House cybersecurity czar reporting to the president, is “an opening salvo” in the congressional debate.

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