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Thursday, April 18, 2013

CISPA Passes House

The controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has passed the House of Representatives. This comes in the face of a veto threat from President Obama, who stated that the bill does not sufficiently protect civil liberties. 

Partial Huffington Post article on the bill below the jump: 

CISPA Vote: House Passes Cybersecurity Bill To Let Companies Break Privacy Contracts

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives passed a broad cybersecurity bill Thursday that allows corporations to share customers' personal data with other firms and the U.S. government, even in cases in which a company has a signed contract explicitly vowing not to do so.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, known as CISPA, passed by a margin of 288 to 127, despite receiving a late veto threat from the Obama administration, which warned that the bill does not sufficiently protect civil liberties. The veto threat was particularly noteworthy, given President Barack Obama's Department of Justice has been urging Congress to expand its data-gathering and cybercrime powers for years. Congress shelved a similar bill last year after the White House expressed its formal opposition.
Supporters of the bill argue that it's needed to help the government protect key infrastructure and institutions from online attacks. They also have said the bill doesn't require companies or the government to monitor customer content, although it does authorize them to share personal account data, including emails and other information. Firms that voluntarily turn over such data would be immune from civil lawsuits. ...

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