veto threat from the White House and opposition from civil liberties groups that say the bill undermines existing privacy law and would allow private companies to spy on American citizens.
The House passed CISPA by a vote of 248 to 168, with votes for and
against coming in from both parties. A vote was expected on Friday, but
the House came to a vote soon after debating the bill. The Senate will
now consider the bill.
CISPA is designed to break down barriers between the government and
private business and allow for open sharing of intelligence on cyber
threats, such as foreign hackers. Big tech and web firms, including
Facebook, AT&T and IBM, support CISPA and hope the government will
provide them more information on cyber threats.
Civil liberties and Internet freedom groups such as the Electronic
Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the ACLU claim the bill goes too far and
would allow private companies and the government to circumvent existing
privacy laws that prevent domestic spying and allow big web firms to
hand over private data and information, such as emails, to the
Department of Homeland Security and other agencies. The ACLU and the EFF
say they will continue to oppose the bill in the Senate. READ MORE