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CISPA Bill Making a Return in 2013

By - Source: The Hill | B 19 comments

The less-controversial CISPA bill is paying another visit to the White House in 2013.

The Hill reports that Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) plan to re-introduce the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) this year.

Ruppersberger's staff is reportedly working with the White House to "smooth over concerns" it had with the bill last year. The White House stamped a veto on the bill last spring, saying that President Obama's top advisers would recommend a veto if the bill reached his desk. Discussions have so far been positive and "working pretty well," Ruppersberger said.

"We're working on some things…working with the White House to make sure that hopefully they can be more supportive of our bill than they were the last time," Ruppersberger told The Hill.

CISPA was first introduced to the House back in November 2011 as a means for the government to investigate cyber threats, and to ensure that the security of America's networks was capable of thwarting cyber attacks. This meant that internet traffic information could be shared between the government (Homeland Security), the intelligence community and private companies.

The bill was widely supported by the likes of AT&T, Facebook and Microsoft which said previous legal hurdles slowed down the information sharing process relating to cyber threats. But privacy advocates and civil liberties groups lashed out, saying that the bill lacked sufficient privacy protections, that there weren’t enough limits regarding how and when the government could spy on a web surfer's browsing information.

The White House was just as concerned about the bill, unsure if CISPA would protect the American people and their personal information when companies share their cyber threat-based data with Washington. Both Rogers and Ruppersberger argued that there were plenty of safeguards in place, but they didn't convince the public and the government even after the bill was modified to be more privacy-friendly.

One problem CISPA had was that it arrived in Washington along with the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA. This was a hugely unpopular bill because copyrighted intellectual property theft would be shared with the government. Web sites posting infringing material would be blacklisted even if the infringement was unintentional.

As an example, a PC gamer could make a quick video of gameplay and upload it to YouTube which in turn could be inserted into any website across the Internet, Those website could thus be blacklisted by search engines and ISPs because the PC gamer in the video was also quietly playing a copyrighted song in the background.

With CISPA entering Washington again without its controversial SOPA sidekick, Ruppersberger is seemingly betting on CIA head John Brennan, a former counter-terrorism adviser for the White House, to help warm up the Obama administration with the idea behind the proposed bill. Brennan previously worked on cybersecurity policy and with the House Intelligence Committee on the issue.

 

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    Nakal , February 9, 2013 9:18 PM
    A bi-partisan bill.... to screw the people.. About the only thing both parties agree on.. screwing the people..
  • 22 Hide
    Soda-88 , February 9, 2013 9:10 PM
    Go to hell
  • 17 Hide
    JamesSneed , February 9, 2013 10:23 PM
    I really dont care if you wash CISPA with SOPA it still stinks afterwards.
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  • 22 Hide
    Soda-88 , February 9, 2013 9:10 PM
    Go to hell
  • 17 Hide
    fonzy , February 9, 2013 9:11 PM
    It will be a yearly event until it passes.
  • 22 Hide
    Nakal , February 9, 2013 9:18 PM
    A bi-partisan bill.... to screw the people.. About the only thing both parties agree on.. screwing the people..
  • 15 Hide
    shawn808 , February 9, 2013 9:48 PM
    No matter how you wrap it...

    It still smells like a turd.

    Fight the New World Order and Agenda 21
  • 6 Hide
    heero yuy , February 9, 2013 9:51 PM
    Quote:
    working with the White House to "smooth over concerns"


    here's a few thousand dollars are those concerns gone now?
  • 17 Hide
    JamesSneed , February 9, 2013 10:23 PM
    I really dont care if you wash CISPA with SOPA it still stinks afterwards.
  • 5 Hide
    jupiter optimus maximus , February 9, 2013 11:25 PM
    Congress hasn't worked for the average citizen for decades (maybe crumbs during election season). They listen and work for the biggest bidder. It is a shame, cause most high school student take Civil class, respecting congress, yet its filled with howling baboons with poop in their pants.
  • 5 Hide
    sacre , February 9, 2013 11:41 PM
    The US, screams to be free then censors its internet. "Copyright" is out of control, it'll be the demise of our freedoms this copyright issue.

    As we can already see.

    There are flaws to all systems..
  • 8 Hide
    Anonymous , February 9, 2013 11:50 PM
    Any time both parties agree ("bi-partisan") on a new bill, you can bet their raping us serfs.
  • 7 Hide
    leoscott , February 10, 2013 12:05 AM
    It's really time for a new amendment to the Bill of Rights that protects US citizens freedom in cyberspace. That is one area where the constitution is out of date.
  • 9 Hide
    tokencode , February 10, 2013 12:06 AM
    Immediately vote any congressman out of office who is in favor of this bill.
  • 8 Hide
    dimar , February 10, 2013 12:31 AM
    Stop electing those people and everything will be fine.
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    fnh , February 10, 2013 2:38 AM
    NakalA bi-partisan bill.... to screw the people.. About the only thing both parties agree on.. screwing the people..


    America has long been a one-party state. America have been right-of-center of the whole world for decades now. The only contest is only who leads, rather than leads to where.
  • 3 Hide
    anxiousinfusion , February 10, 2013 3:19 AM
    Old men trying to pass legislation on a technology they couldn't possibly understand.

    Personal technical and science advisers should be a requirement once any lawmaker passes the age of 40.
  • 3 Hide
    greghome , February 10, 2013 5:27 AM
    In Great China, the internet is censored.
    In America, the internet is gonna be censored.
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    Kami3k , February 10, 2013 1:35 PM
    shawn808No matter how you wrap it...It still smells like a turd.Fight the New World Order and Agenda 21


    Lol fool.
  • 5 Hide
    Kami3k , February 10, 2013 1:35 PM
    dimarStop electing those people and everything will be fine.


    Too many idiots vote based on party name alone.
  • 1 Hide
    f-14 , February 10, 2013 9:48 PM
    we the people need to make a bill and get millions to sign it that ends lobbying and corporate campaign donations.

    that's the only way to end this b.s.
  • 0 Hide
    virtualban , February 11, 2013 11:12 AM
    Pirate Party FTW! Yes, get one active in the US too.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirate_party
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