Big Brother

Far-reaching cybersecurity bill CISPA passes House despite civil liberty concerns

by David Ferguson, The Raw Story  |  published on April 19, 2013

The U.S. House of Representatives has passeds a controversial public-private data-sharing bill that President Barack Obama has said that he would veto should it reach his desk. However, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) must still pass the Democratically-led Senate before it can come before the President for his signature, an outcome that is considered unlikely in its current form should the president stand firm in his opposition.

The Act passed by a 288 to 127 vote in the House with some Democrats voting with Republicans. Supporters of the bill say that it will make U.S. cyber channels more secure from outside penetration by hackers. Others, including the president, say that the powers taken by the government in the bill will violate Americans’ privacy.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) said the bill is essential to the nation’s cyber security and “must be adopted.” He addressed concerns about government snooping by saying, “This is not a surveillance bill. It does not allow the national security agencies or the Department of Defense or our military … to monitor our domestic networks.”

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