NEWS - April 27, 2012
by Carol~ - 4/27/12 8:34 AM
House Passes CISPA Cyberthreat Sharing Bill, Despite Privacy Concerns
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a cyberthreat information-sharing bill that critics say will give U.S. government agencies access to the private communications of millions of Internet users.
The House late Thursday voted 248-168 to pass an amended version of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (pdf), or CISPA, even though the White House Office of Management and Budget has recommended that President Barack Obama veto the bill.
Civil liberties groups, including the Center for Democracy and Technology and the American Civil Liberties Union, have opposed the bill, saying it would open up Internet communications to snooping by government agencies, including the U.S. National Security Agency.
But supporters argued the bill is needed to help private companies and government agencies fight cyberattacks. "There are people today who are literally robbing the future of America" by attacking U.S. companies, said Representative Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican and lead sponsor of CISPA. "This is the one small thing we get to do to prepare for a bunch of folks who want to bring us down." [Video]
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