Senate cybersecurity bill stalled in White House amidst concerns of consumer spying

A Senate bill geared toward improving cybersecurity in the United States has raised concern from congressional Democrats and the White House about privacy for citizens, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) of the Senate Intelligence Committee introduced the bill last week. The proposed law would make it easier for sharing cybersecurity information between the public and private sectors, including information on potential cyberattacks, malware, viruses or computer intrusions, according to the report.

However, privacy advocates and at least one technology firm are trying to kill the bill, saying the wording of the bill could potentially allow for the government to use corporate data to spy on U.S. citizens, according to the report.

White House officials also indicated privacy concerns with the bill and asked for modifications, though the extent and specifications of their concerns has not been made apparent, according to the report.

People familiar with the process told WSJ that lawmakers are "hopeful" the concerns can be addressed and indicated the Committee could hold a vote on the bill next week.

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