CISPA Web-surveillance bill advances despite opposition

week in review Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act passes House vote, while the Java trial notches its second week. Also: Google Drive in the cloud.

CISPA author Mike Rogers, a Republican, calls a proposed Democratic amendment "Big Brother on steroids."
CISPA author Mike Rogers, a Republican, calls a proposed Democratic amendment "Big Brother on steroids." C-SPAN

week in review A controversial Internet surveillance bill cleared its first hurdle to becoming law this week.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act , or CISPA, rejecting increasingly vocal arguments from critics that it would do more to endanger Americans' privacy than aid cybersecurity. By a vote of 248 to 168, a bipartisan majority approved CISPA, which would permit Internet companies to hand over confidential customer records and communications to the National Security Agency and other portions of the U.S. government.

While a proposed amendment that would have formally granted the NSA and Homeland Security additional surveillance authority was withdrawn, if signed into law, the bill is expected to usher in a new era of information sharing between companies and government agencies -- with limited oversight and privacy safeguards.
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•  Proposed CISPA amendments do little to appease critics
•  White House takes aim at CISPA with formal veto threat
•  Advocacy group flip-flops twice over CISPA surveillance bill
•  Opposition grows to CISPA 'Big Brother' cybersecurity bill

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