House Passes CISPA, Threatens The Internet

John Boehner SC 300x199 House Passes CISPA, Threatens The Internet

The House’s solid bipartisan vote for a cybersecurity bill sends a message to the Senate: Now it’s your turn to act.

Ignoring a White House veto threat, the House approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which would encourage companies and the federal government to share information collected on the Internet to help prevent electronic attacks from cybercriminals, foreign governments and terrorists.

The vote Thursday was 248-168, with 42 Democrats joining 206 Republicans in backing the measure.

Congressional leaders are determined to get a cybersecurity bill completed this election year but that may be difficult. The Obama administration and several leading Senate Democrats and Republicans want a bill that would give the Homeland Security Department the primary role in overseeing domestic cybersecurity and the authority to set security standards. The House bill would impose no new regulations on businesses, an imperative for Republicans.

In the coming weeks, the Senate will try to proceed on its bill by Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, who have said the House bill is inadequate in protecting against cyberattacks. Senior Senate Republicans, such as Sen. John McCain of Arizona, argue that Homeland Security is ill-equipped to determine how best to secure the nation’s essential infrastructure and has introduced his own bill.

Read More at OfficialWire. By Donna Cassata, AP.

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  1. Betsy K. Larsen says:

    If this really passes, it is the biggest yet INVASION of our right to PRIVACY! And it is one HELL of an INSULT done to the American people so far! Invading another’s privacy on line is like opening private letters at the post office before sending them to the receiving party. Any invasion into my private life is the worst of all INSULTS! This is not right, in any way, shape nor form! It should be stopped, but from what I read, no one in the World’s Biggest Sewer is going to lift a finger to even try to stop it! So it is going to be up to We, The People TO PUT A STOP TO THEM!

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