ACLU: CISPA bill essentially dead

Apr 25, 2013
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ACLU: CISPA bill essentially dead

The controversial CISPA bill recently passed through the House of Representatives with flying colors, and it's now in the Senate, where it will then be passed on to the President if the bill passes in the Senate. However, many groups and organizations are almost positive that the bill will be vetoed in the Senate, including the American Civil Liberties Union.

This is the second time that CISPA has been introduced to the Senate, in which the first time it was strongly shut down. This time around, the legislation has seen some modifications, but organizations and even Senate committees are almost certain that it won't make it through the Senate floor, and instead, they're drafting up separate legislation that everyone can agree on.

According to a representative of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, the bill will most certainly be shelved, saying that the Senate is "not taking [CISPA] up." Instead, "staff and senators are divvying up the issues and the key provisions everyone agrees would need to be handled if we're going to strengthen cybersecurity."

Essentially, CISPA will allow companies to share information about you with the government in order to strengthen security against various cyber threats. This has raised a lot of privacy concerns, and those against the bill argue that the bill violates privacy more than it needs to in order to strengthen cybersecurity.

[via US News]


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