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April 13, 2015

Thompson, Richmond Statement on Cybersecurity Legislation

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), Ranking Member of the Committee's Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act. This legislation was introduced today and will be marked up in committee tomorrow.

"The legislation introduced today is another bold step towards securing our nation's cyberspace by promoting the sharing of cyber threat information between the private sector and the civilian government. While we are pleased that after months of bipartisan stakeholder outreach and collaboration, the bill has strong privacy and civil liberties protections, one aspect of the bill still needs work."

"The legislation's privacy protections – a chief concern for the public – have been bolstered at our urging. Under this bill, corporations and government agencies will be forced to remove unrelated personal identifiable information from shared data. However, we are concerned that Chairman McCaul's hands are tied when it comes to fixing the liability protection provisions. The Majority, at the direction of House Leadership, has rejected the Administration's tailored and balanced approach to liability protection and, instead, embraced an unduly complicated structure that offers unnecessarily generous protections for corporations and goes so far as to immunize a company that does not act on information or is negligent."

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