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Tenn. Senators vote in favor of controversial cybersecurity measure

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee’s U.S. Senators have voted in favor of a cybersecurity bill that has some tech companies and privacy advocates concerned.

The Senate yesterday passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act 74-21. The bill seeks to improve cybersecurity by encouraging companies and the government to share information about hacking threats.

Some senators and technology companies, such as Apple and Yelp, are opposed to the measure, but Tennessee Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander voted in favor.

The Senate rejected several amendments before passing the bill, including one addressing concerns that companies could give the government personal information about their customers. Another would have eliminated part of the bill that would keep secret information about which companies participate and what they share with the government.

The Senate bill must be reconciled with the House version of the measure before it can be sent to President Obama for his consideration.