Last week’s cyberattack on the federal government has inspired Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to take up cybersecurity legislation in the coming days. The Wall Street Journal reports that McConnell plans to use the annual defense policy bill to move the issue forward. But privacy advocates say the bill, which would require companies to share information about breaches with the government and others in industry, gives too much power to the intelligence community.
ALSO IN HACKING NEWS. The government’s loss is one identity protection company’s gain, National Journal writes. The Office of Personnel Management could pay more than $20 million to CSID, a cybersecurity firm based in Austin, to provide workers impacted by last week’s hack with 18 months of access to identity-fraud protection. As many as 4 million federal workers could be impacted by the breach.
INTERNET TAX BAN PASSES. The House passed legislation Tuesday to extend the ban on state and local taxes for Internet access permanently. The Clinton-era policy was first enacted to help the then-burgeoning Internet gain momentum, and it has been renewed periodically ever since. But The Hill reports the bill may do more than help business; it could also silence net neutrality critics who assert the Federal Communications Commission’s controversial regulations would make Internet access taxable.
DIGITAL DINING. The House will return from August recess to find a new company running its cafeterias, The Hill reports. Much of Tuesday’s buzz was about staffers and lawmakers getting a Dunkin’ Donuts and Subway. But more importantly, they will also be able to order cafeteria food from their computer or smartphone. In a place where everyone always has somewhere more important to be, you can expect online ordering to be pretty popular.