CISPA Passes the House: Just the Beginning !!!
The US House of Representatives has passed CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act), would allow private companies and government to share information of web user’s private data on suspicion of a cyber threat.
In a statement on Wednesday, the White House said Mr Obama would veto the act if reached his desk in the same form without any amendments.
The bill passed the House on Thursday by a margin of 248 votes to 168. Bill sponsor Mike Rogers argued the bill would make the US “a little safer and our economy better protected from foreign cyber predators”.
“The White House believes the government ought to control the Internet, government ought to set standards and government ought to take care of everything that’s needed for cyber security,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), a supporter of the bill, told reporters at his weekly news conference. “They’re in a camp all by themselves.”
“CISPA goes too far for little reason,” said Michelle Richardson, ACLU legislative counsel, in a statement on Thursday. “Cyber security does not have to mean abdication of Americans’ online privacy. As we’ve seen repeatedly, once the government gets expansive national security authorities, there’s no going back. We encourage the Senate to let this horrible bill fade into obscurity.”
The bill drawn several amendments along the way to statement today, such as actions from Rogers concerning the Independence of Information Act, and the Quayle amendment that determined information gathered could only be used in a set variety of conditions.
However, the bill, of course, would also need to pass the Senate—and as of now there is no corresponding bill in the upper house—before it would reach the president’s desk to be enacted into law.
“You know, without our ideas, without our innovation that countries like China are stealing every single day, we will cease to be a great nation,” Rogers said. “They are slowly and silently and quickly stealing the value and prosperity of America.”