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US House passes controversial CISPA cybersecurity bill, now onto the Senate

The controversial cybersecurity bill, CISPA, passed easily in the US House of Representatives yesterday and now it’s on to the Senate. The vote passed mainly along Republican party lines and even if it passes the Senate, President Obama has said he will veto the legislation.

While the bill hasn’t garnered the same level of outrage as SOPA did in recent months from companies like Google or Facebook (Facebook supports CISPA), web advocates have been vocal in their opposition to the bill.

The Obama administration has already strongly opposed CISPA and threatened to veto it, so it’s not likely that this particular version of the bill will pass. The White House says that the bill lacks civilian oversight and privacy protections, and that “without clear legal protections and independent oversight, information sharing legislation will undermine the public’s trust in the government as well as in the internet by undermining fundamental privacy, confidentiality, civil liberties, and consumer protections.” Still, the White House has signaled that it is interested in some form of cyber security bill, so this won’t likely be its final act.


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