COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Tech giants, like Microsoft and Google, are urging Georgia Governor Nathan Deal not to sign a cybersecurity bill, passed by the state legislature last month.
This bill would make it illegal to intentionally access a computer without permission and would be punishable by up to a year in prison if caught.
This would give law enforcement the ability to better prosecute online snoopers and hackers who steal peoples' data and personal information.
Tech companies like Microsoft and Google claim, if the bill is signed, they will not be able to do the necessary research and would scare away critical networks.
A group of 50 cybersecurity experts wrote Governor Deal urging him to veto the bill.
Georgia has become an important cybersecurity industry hub, ranking 3rd in the nation with more than 150 cybersecurity firms.
The Governor will have until May 8th to either veto the bill or sign it, making it law.