Privacy concerns delay final passage of cybersecurity info-sharing bill

Final passage of legislation to thwart hack attacks is being delayed as lawmakers clash over how best to protect the privacy of Americans' personal information.

Congress passed three different versions of cybersecurity legislation this year in the wake of high-profile hacks of U.S. companies and the federal government, including the massive attack on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management that compromised the personal data of more than 21 million federal employees, job applicants and their families. Other major hacks targeted Sony Entertainment, Home Depot, JPMorgan Chase, Target, T-Mobile and the Internal Revenue Service.

Despite widespread agreement in Congress on the need to pass a cybersecurity bill, a final compromise on the legislation is taking longer than expected amid disagreements over which piece of legislation has the strongest privacy provisions. Continue…