April 24, 2015

Following Wednesday’s approval of the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R.1560) (“PCNA”), the House of Representatives passed the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act (H.R. 1731) (“NCPAA”) on Thursday, a move which was view by the technology, telecommunications, and infrastructure companies as a critical compliment to the PCNA.

The NCPAA grants companies protection against liability for sharing data with the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) by amending the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to encourage voluntary information sharing about cyber threats, with liability protections, between and among the private sector and Federal government. Without these liability protections, companies sharing data pursuant to the PCNA could expose themselves to class actions or increased regulatory enforcement actions. Responding to privacy concerns, the NCPPA also includes numerous provisions to ensure the protection of the privacy of American citizens and ensure that shared cyber threat information is solely used for cybersecurity purposes.

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