Daily Archives: February 15, 2012

Cybersecurity Act Will Move Straight To Senate Floor

The Hill reports that Sen. Reid will move the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 to the Senate floor for consideration, bypassing markups or other committee meetings on the legislation. It’ll be interesting to see how the reaction to this plays out in tomorrow’s hearing.

Also, Stewart Baker, one of those testifying tomorrow, has posted his written remarks. You can view it here. Below is a brief excerpt:

Thanks to growing cyber insecurity, all Americans now live in a digital New Orleans, with Katrina just offshore. And not one Katrina, but many.  Computer exploits that we once thought were the work of large nations such as Russia or China now seem to be within the capability of countries like Iran and North Korea.  If I am right that computer insecurity continues to grow worse each year, then the sophistication needed to launch a cyberattack will continue to decline, and soon such attacks will be within the capability of criminal gangs and online vigilantes like Anonymous.

Disaster is not inevitable.  We can head this threat off if we treat it seriously. We may have years before suffering an attack of this kind.  We do not have decades.  We must begin now to protect our critical infrastructure from attack. And so far, we have done little.

Dangers of the European “Right to be Forgotten”

Jeffrey Rosen has a good piece over at the Stanford Law Review site highlighting the dangers of Europe’s proposed “right to be forgotten.” From the article:

In theory, the right to be forgotten addresses an urgent problem in the digital age: it is very hard to escape your past on the Internet now that every photo, status update, and tweet lives forever in the cloud. But Europeans and Americans have diametrically opposed approaches to the problem. In Europe, the intellectual roots of the right to be forgotten can be found in French law, which recognizes le droit à l’oubli—or the “right of oblivion”—a right that allows a convicted criminal who has served his time and been rehabilitated to object to the publication of the facts of his conviction and incarceration. In America, by contrast, publication of someone’s criminal history is protected by the First Amendment, leading Wikipedia to resist the efforts by two Germans convicted of murdering a famous actor to remove their criminal history from the actor’s Wikipedia page.

Check out the whole piece.