House green-lights controversial CISPA

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The House of Representatives passed the infamous Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act today, by a margin of 288 to 127. Despite President Barack Obama’s Tuesday threat to veto CISPA if passed, the bill will move forward for a vote in the Senate.

CISPA was introduced in November of 2012 by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), who obtained widespread bipartisan support in his efforts to bolster the nation’s cybersecurity through the public-private information-sharing provisions detailed in CISPA.

The bill is an amendment to the National Security Act of 1947, and would allow the director of national intelligence to establish procedures to allow certain components of the intelligence community to share cyber threat data with private-sector entities.

Privacy advocates are concerned CISPA would allow companies to share with the government and other businesses cyber-threat data containing unnecessary, personally identifiable information. Opponents such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Electronic Frontier Foundation attempted to rally support to block the bill because of these privacy concerns.

In response, Reps. Rogers, Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Bennie Thompson (D-Mo.), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) proposed and circulated amendments to the bill earlier this week to address the privacy concerns. This text did not, however, appear in the version submitted to the House Rules Committee this week and passed April 18.

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