Let’s compare 2 different news stories about the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 which failed to pass the Senate today.
Here’s the AP’s headline: Senate Fails to Approve Cybersecurity Legislation:
Provisions were included in the bill to ensure privacy and civil liberties aren’t violated, said the bill’s primary sponsors, Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.
Ok, sounds pretty mundane and looks like Congress dropped the ball. But…
Here’s the Guardian’s headline,The Cybersecurity Act Was a Surveillance Bill in Disguise:
…the bill granted companies new powers to spy on users, to share that information with the government, and to claim broad legal immunity for their actions. This would have created serious risks to privacy by creating a new spying regime where users could be surveilled as long as a company perceived any vague threat to its network.