OVERNIGHT TECH: Senators postpone cybersecurity meeting

“A lot of it is so classified that people are coming into it for the first time in some cases and need a chance to talk to their colleagues,” Whitehouse said.

{mosads}Both the White House’s preferred Cybersecurity Act and the GOP Secure IT Act would remove legal barriers that prevent companies from sharing cyber threat information with each other and with the government. The Cybersecurity Act would also set minimum cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure, such as electrical grids or gas pipelines. 

Most people don’t trust Facebook: A CNBC-Associated Press poll found that 59 percent of people have little or no faith that Facebook keeps their personal information private. Just 13 percent said they trust Facebook completely or a lot.

But about half of Americans said they think buying Facebook shares would be a good investment. 

Split over password protection: There’s little disagreement on Capitol Hill that bosses shouldn’t be able to demand the passwords to their employee’s social networking accounts, but there are now competing bills to ban the practice.

In a Tuesday op-ed in The Hill, Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) touted their Social Networking Online Protection Act. The lawmakers noted that “unlike similar legislation,” their bill would also bar schools and universities from asking for their students’ passwords.

House and Senate Democrats introduced the competing bill, the Password Protection Act, last week. At a press conference, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said he was open to adding a provision to cover schools, but he said his bill is superior because it relies on the language of existing anti-hacking laws.

He said he expected that lawmakers will find common ground on the issue and move forward with a single bill.


House Republicans accused the FCC of mishandling the review of LightSquared, costing investors billions

The FCC is questioning the Verizon-cable deal

Sen. Ron Wyden said he is “very concerned” about the privacy protections in the White House-backed cybersecurity bill

Groups pushed the administration to free up more spectrum

Most computer users pirate software, according to an industry study

Sen. Chuck Grassley wants answers on Google’s lease of a NASA airfield 

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