Sen. Ron Wyden filed his bill for three amendments in the cyber security. One of them was to restrict the policing of the government on the privacy of the users. According to the bill, the government should not ask for the user information from the likes of clouding services that store the user data on the internet just because of the mere reason that these agencies also have their data on the same services.
Moreover, the bill also asserted increased checks on the services providers and the government agencies that they should not force ISPs to deal them with the user data on the mere premises that they are being serviced by the same providers.
The last and the most important of the three was the increased checks on GPS location of the users by the government agencies with a prior notice to the victim of infringement. The bill explicitly asks to limit the government’s access to GPS data to warrants for such surveillance.
Sen. Al Franken has introduced an amendment that would delete provisions in the Cybersecurity Act that allow ISPs and others to monitor their customers’ communications and deploy countermeasures without government oversight or legal liability.
The recent stir in the cyber security concerns is the result of the opprobrium that the likes of SOPA and PIPA attracted. Moreover, the recent privacy gaffes committed by the likes of Facebook and Google are also the catalysts.
The hoard of these cyber security bills is however, not due to these unusual circumstances but the Senate’s August recess. The lawmakers want nothing to go unaddressed.