U.S. House passes CISPA cyber bill despite veto threat
Posted in: Governance at 27/04/2012 15:04
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a cybersecurity bill on Thursday that would allow the government and companies to share information about hacking, but which has raised privacy concerns and a veto threat from the White House.
The House approved the bill 248-168, prompting the top Republican and Democrat on the intelligence committee who sponsored it to issue a joint statement lauding the bipartisan approval.
CISPA Passes House: Cybersecurity Bill Approved Despite White House Veto Threat
The House of Representatives passed cybersecurity legislation Thursday aimed at protecting American companies from hackers who steal intellectual property.
The bill passed 248 to 168, largely along party lines, despite the Obama administration's threats to veto the bill and its claims that the bill falls short in protecting civil liberties.
House Votes to Approve Disputed Hacking Bill
Defying a veto threat from President Obama, the House on Thursday passed a bill that encourages intelligence agencies and businesses to share information about threats to computer systems, including attacks on American Web sites by hackers in China and other countries.
The vote was 248 to 168, as 42 Democrats joined 206 Republicans in backing the bill. The "no" votes were cast by 140 Democrats and 28 Republicans, including a number who described the measure as a potential threat to privacy and civil liberties.
House Passes CISPA Cyberthreat Sharing Bill, Despite Privacy Concerns [IDG]
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a cyberthreat information-sharing bill that critics say will give U.S. government agencies access to the private communications of millions of Internet users.
The House late Thursday voted 248-168 to pass an amended version of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, even though the White House Office of Management and Budget has recommended that President Barack Obama veto the bill.