Georgia governor vetoes bill that would criminalize good-faith security research, permit vigilante action

The governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, has vetoed SB 315, the controversial bill that would have criminalized many forms of routine security research, and legalized vigilante action by victims of cybercrime (so-called “hack back”).

In a statement, the governor wrote, “while intending to protect against online breaches and hacks, SB 315 may inadvertently hinder the ability of government and private industries to do so.”

The veto sends the bill back to the Georgia legislature, which may try to override Deal’s veto. “It is my hope that legislators will work with the cyber security and law enforcement communities moving forward to develop a comprehensive policy that promotes national security, protects online information, and continues to advance Georgia’s position as a leader in the technology industry,” the governor added. ..Read More..

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