We had to respond to a bit of a curveball this morning on the Mass. data protection law. A MA Senate Bill significantly alters certain provisions. I reported on it today and will be reviewing it further tomorrow.
“Massachusetts Senate seeks to amend, weaken, data protection law“
13 May 2009 | SearchCompliance.com
After I caught wind of a bill that was going to be introduced by Senator Karper this week during RSA, I followed up on the information I saw presented there by Erik Hopkins and Alan Paller. I reported on its introduction Monday night, posting “ICE Act would restructure cybersecurity rule, create White House post” before any other news organization had covered the story.
In short order, Jolie O’Dell blogged about it at ReadWriteWeb (Proposed Act Would Create National Cyber Security Office).
Half an hour after that, Brian Krebs picked it up at the Washington Post (Proposal Would Shore Up Govt. Cyber Defenses).
He wrote a great story — but I had it first, which in of itself is a first.
It’s good to get a scoop. Terrific day.
IT Business Edge picked up the story from RWW (Legislation Proposes National Cyber Security Office) and quoted me.
Dennis Fisher blogged about it at Threatpost: (New ICE bill would overhaul federal cybersecurity).
As he noted, there was a hearing today morning on the bill in the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. You can watch the archived webcast here.
This draft of the Ice Bill (PDF) is now available for download and review from Govexec.com.