Last week, we wrote about a leaked copy of an executive order being worked on by the White House to deal with the lack of "cybersecurity" legislation being passed. We've since learned that this is one of two different executive orders being worked on concerning this issue.
We are working on getting the other, more focused, draft as well. That said, we noted numerous problems in the draft we did see, including the broad definition of "critical infrastructure," which basically leaves it pretty open for the feds to declare almost anything "critical infrastructure," thereby putting tremendous pressure on private companies to comply with a set of rules that may not make much sense.
This is, quite reasonably, raising some concerns. Senator Ron Wyden has sent a letter to the White House's Cybersecurity Coordinator, J. Michael Daniel, to point out that there's a pretty big difference between things like nuclear power plants and social networks online -- and any executive order that fails to take that into account seems problematic. The full letter is embedded below, but a snippet:
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