Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CISPA passes House in unexpected last-minute vote

The House of Representatives has approved CISPA with a vote count of 248-168. The bill is now hded for the Senate. President Barack Obama will be able to sign or cancel it pending Senate approval.
Initially slated to vote on the bill Friday, it decided to pass it Thursday after approving a of amendments.
The snap vote took place after Congressional legislators approved a of amendments to CISPA. Apart from cyber and national security purposes, the bill would now allow the government to use private information obtained through CISPA for the investigation and prosecution of “cybersecurity crime,” protection of individuals and the protection of children. The new clauses define “cybersecurity crime” as any crime involving network disruption or .
CISPA was introduced in the House last November. Since then, a of amendments have been adopted. Critics chided the bill, saying its broad wording could allow the government to spy on individual Internet users and block websites that publish vaguely defined ‘sensitive’ data. The White House issued a statement Wednesday saying President Barack Obama would be advised to veto the bill if he receives it.
Source: RT

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