27 Apr 2012
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which would allow the US government to access private information on suspicion of a cyber threat, has passed the House of Representatives. Despite a veto threat from President Barack Obama and opposition from digital privacy groups, the bill got a 248-168 vote.
The news prompted quick reaction from advocacy groups. “As we’ve seen repeatedly, once the government gets expansive national security authorities, there's no going back,” Michelle Richardson, of the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement. “We encourage the Senate to let this horrible bill fade into obscurity.”
Supporters of the bill say that it will increase the government’s defense measures against cyber threats, particularly by sharing information with intelligence agencies and private companies.
Just a few days before the cyber-security bill passed the House, Barrack Obama said he would veto the act if it reached his desk.
“The sharing of information must be conducted in a manner that preserves Americans' privacy, data confidentiality, and civil liberties and recognizes the civilian nature of cyberspace,” the president said.