Friday, April 27, 2012

House Passes Controversial Cybersecurity Bill CISPA

The controversial national cybersecurity bill known as CISPA was passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday night, a full day ahead of when the vote was expected and despite the fact that it had received enormous criticism from Web user rights advocacy groups and the White House itself, which threatened to veto the bill a day earlier.

The full vote in favor of CISPA, which stands for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, was 248-168 along bipartisan lines.

“It was a great show of bipartisan support,” a House staffer who worked drafting the bill told TPM in a phone interview.

The cybersecurity bill, introduced by sponsors Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-MD) in November 2011, is designed to allow intelligence agencies such as the NSA or the CIA to share information on national cybersecurity threats with private companies such as Facebook, and vice versa.

The legislation had been heavily criticized by the Obama Administration and advocacy groups including the American Civil Liberties Union for lacking adequate protection for Web user information and legal recourse of user information was shared. Read More