CISPA Passes Through The House

Posted Apr 27, 2012

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act has passed through the House Of Representatives with a 248-168 vote this afternoon. This is currently one of the most controversial bills. The bill is going to allow companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with one another and the U.S. government.

The bill was created by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich). Some of the amendments that were made into the bill restricts the use of information collected under CISPA and ensures that most of the collected data will be subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

Facebook and Microsoft believe that CISPA would allow businesses to share knowledge about cyberattacks, which would increase their ability to defend their networks. Opposition of the bill believe that this bill would allow companies to send personal information about users to the federal government without permission.

Privacy groups like the Center for Democracy and Technology opposed the bill dependent on the amendment process. The two amendments were blocked from debate, which lead the CDT to renew opposition.

Senior advisors at the White House were going to recommend President Obama not to sign the bill if it reaches his desk prior to being amended. Before reaching the White House, the bill must pass the Senate.