Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 25

June 27

Hearing:
The Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on changes in video technology
10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Building

The Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on international enforcement of intellectual property rights.
10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn Building

The Research and Science Education Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on the contributions of research universities to the economy.
10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Building

June 28

Hearing:
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on privacy protections online.
10 a.m., 253 Russell Building

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 18

June 19

Hearing:
The Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the public policy implications of new mobile and online technologies.
10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn Building

The Technology and Innovation Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on best practices connected to the Bayh-Dole Act and university technology transfer.
10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Building

June 20

Hearing:
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on oversight of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Building

The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will review pending legislation. The bills being considered include data breach notification and veterans’ identification cards.
10 a.m., 334 Cannon Building

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the implementation of the America Invents Act and international harmonization efforts in patents.
10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Building

USACM Comments on House Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill

In late April the House considered and passed several pieces of cybersecurity legislation. At the time USACM released a statement with general recommendations for cybersecurity bills.

Of the bills that passed the House, H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), has attracted the most concern. The bill is currently in the Senate waiting review by the Intelligence Committee. It would revise the National Security Act to have the Director of National Intelligence set up information sharing procedures for cyber threat intelligence between private-sector entities and the intelligence community. Finding the proper balance between cyber security and privacy interests is one of the concerns expressed over the bill, and is a theme in the statement USACM released today. Noting that the benefits of increased information sharing need not come at the expense of increased privacy risks, USACM identified the following concerns with the legislation:

  • The use and retention of personally identifiable information (PII) should be limited to the stated purpose of the legislation.
  • The bill needs additional guidance on when PII could reasonably be cyber threat information.
  • Restrictions on the use of PII in the current bill are relatively narrow.
  • Shared information that is later determined not to be cyber threat information should be deleted.
  • There are insufficient standards in the bill for oversight and/or control of shared information.

How quickly the Senate will take up CISPA is unclear. They are currently trying to work out a compromise on its own legislation, and may bring a bill to the full Senate sometime this month. Whether or not CISPA will be incorporated into the Senate legislation at that time, or considered separately is unclear.