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Lawmakers, Civil Liberties Activists Spar Ahead Of Cybersecurity Votes

Sponsors of controversial cybersecurity legislation moved quickly this week to try to blunt planned protests over the proposals.

Civil liberties groups launched a "week of action" on Monday to highlight their concerns with the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which they say could have unintended consequences for privacy.

House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and ranking member Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., released the latest changes to that bill in an attempt to address the privacy concerns, but civil liberties activists were unimpressed.

"Even with the changes in the discussion draft, CISPA remains the broadest and most dangerous cybersecurity bill out there," ACLU's Amanda Simon said. The groups, including the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Constitution Project, held a Capitol Hill briefing on Tuesday to outline their fear that CISPA's language is too vague.

But with the House set to consider a range of cybersecurity bills next week, lawmakers were not standing idly by. On Tuesday Rogers told the Ripon Society, a Republican advocacy group, that his bill strikes the right balance between security and civil liberties.

He said he has found a "sweet spot" with wide support for his bill among both tech companies and financial businesses. "I always said if I could get Palo Alto and New York City on the same bill, I got something," Rogers told the audience.

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