US internet ‘kill switch’ bill gets a makeover

A Senate proposal that has become known as the Internet “kill switch” bill was reintroduced this week, with a tweak its backers say eliminates the possibility of an Egypt-style disconnection happening in the United States.As CNET reported last month, the 221-page bill hands Homeland Security the power to issue decrees to certain privately owned computer systems after the president declares a “national cyberemergency.” A section in the new bill notes that does not include “the authority to shut down the Internet,” and the name of the bill has been changed to include the phrase “Internet freedom.” see:Latest Cybersecurity Bill Prohibits Internet ‘Kill Switch’
Responding to charges that their legislation would establish an Internet “kill switch,” the top members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee introduced legislation late Thursday that would specifically keep the president from shutting down the Internet.The committee’s chairman, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and ranking member, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, joined Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., in revising and reintroducing their Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act. bill would prohibit Internet ‘kill switch’ [IDG]
Three U.S. senators criticized for past legislation that would allow the president to potentially quarantine or shut down parts of the Internet during a major cyberattack have introduced a new bill that would put limits on that authority.The Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act, introduced late Thursday, would explicitly deny the president or other U.S. officials “authority to shut down the Internet.” The legislation, similar in many ways to a controversial 2010 bill, comes after persistent criticism that the bill’s sponsors want to give the president a so-called Internet kill switch.

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