CISPA Passes by a Vote of 288 to 127

As expected the House of Representatives has passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) by a vote of 288 to 127. Surprisingly, almost half of House Democrats supported the 196 Republicans in supporting the measure, despite President Barack Obama promising to veto the bill in its current state (lacking privacy protection and giving corporations blanket immunity from litigation).

"The US House just passed CISPA, undermining the privacy of millions of Internet users," the Electronic Frontier Foundation said in a tweet. "Now we take this fight to the Senate."

"I voted against #CISPA because it does not adequately protect the civil liberties of Americans," Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) tweeted. "People deserve both privacy and security."

The same thing happened with the bill last year. Now the Senate will take up its own cybersecurity bill(s). Should something pass out of the Senate, then it will have to be reconciled with CISPA, and even if that happens, without the aforementioned changes the President has promised to veto it.

Ultimately the bill has a long way to go before it is the law of the land.

We'll have more on this story as it develops.

Source: Ars Technica


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