Thursday, February 11, 2016

Bills Introduced – 02-10-16

Yesterday with both the House and Senate in session 35 bills were introduced. Of those three may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

HR 4517 To provide for greater transparency in and user control over the treatment of data collected by mobile applications and to enhance the security of such data. Rep. Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [D-GA-4]

HR 4528 To preempt State data security vulnerability mandates and decryption requirements. Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33]

S 2528 A bill to promote the safe manufacture, use, and transportation of lithium batteries and cells, and for other purposes. Sen. Nelson, Bill [D-FL]

The two cybersecurity bills probably do not include any control system provisions, but they do provide an interesting look at Congress’ increasing and expanding interest in cybersecurity matters. I doubt that they will get much coverage on this blog.

The wide use of lithium batteries in consumer electronics makes for real interesting transportation (particularly by air) rules due to the risk of fires from these batteries. It will be interesting to see how Congress weighs in on the situation.

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