April 12, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The escalating cyber attacks on corporate and government computers have provided a rare opportunity for bipartisan legislation to address the problem. But rather than sailing through Congress, the latest cyber security legislation is exposing a fault line in the tech industry. On one side stand some of tech's biggest companies, such as Intel Corp., Oracle Corp. and IBM Corp., which are pressing for more government action. On the other side are thousands of smaller tech firms and privacy activists who have launched online protests to raise the alarm over a bill they say harms privacy and civil liberties.
April 18, 2013 |
The House of Representatives passed a controversial cybersecurity bill as expected on Thursday, moving toward a possible confrontation with the Senate and White House . The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013 , or CISPA, passed by a vote of 288 to 127, with 17 abstentions. The bill makes it easier for companies to share information with other companies and the government about cyber attacks. Large tech companies pushed hard for the legislation amid escalating cyber attacks, calling it a necessary step to shore up their defenses. MORE: Cybersecurity bill pits tech giants against privacy activists The companies threw their lobbyists and pocketbooks behind the bill, according to an analysis by the Sunlight Foundation : " Sunlight's review of lobbying disclosures from the last session of Congress in Influence Explorer shows that backers of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act had $605 million in lobbying expenditures from 2011 through the third quarter of last year compared to $4.3 million spent by opponents of the bill.
April 29, 2013 |
Well, so much for CISPA. Not long after the House passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013 , the Senate has indicated it has no plans to consider the bill. Citing sources on various committees, several organizations reported late last week that the Senate would not even give the bill a look. While the Senate may introduce a different information-sharing bill at some point, it appears the House version is DOA. "I think it's dead for now," Michelle Richardson, legislative counsel with the ACLU, told U.S. News & World Report . "CISPA is too controversial, it's too expansive, it's just not the same sort of program contemplated by the Senate last year.
April 16, 2013 |
President Obama threatened on Tuesday to veto a major cyber security bill unless Congress amends it to include more protections for privacy and civil liberties. The veto threat comes just a day before a possible vote in Congress on t he Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013, or CISPA . The bill aims to make it easier for companies to share information about cyber attacks with other companies and the government. PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 While large tech companies have been pushing for the legislation amid escalating attacks on computer networks, privacy activists have been campaigning against it, contending it absolves companies of too much legal liability while failing to offer safeguards that protect personal information. After the bill passed the House Intelligence Committee last week, the Obama administration signaled that it had concerns about the bill , but stopped short of issuing an outright veto threat.
April 23, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- It's legislative spring-cleaning time in Congress, where lawmakers are engaged in a busy week of should-pass legislation as both parties seek to tally accomplishments before taking a break to campaign during the upcoming recess. The Senate is closing in on passage of a long-debated overhaul to the Postal Service that would save Saturday delivery and make it more difficult for the government to close rural post offices. The postal bill still faces dozens of possible amendments, including one from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
April 11, 2013 |
The Obama administration issued a statement Thursday that indicated it's not likely to support a cybersecurity bill approved by the U.S. House Intelligence Committee this week. While stopping short of an outright veto threat that many privacy activists may have wanted, the statement made clear that the administration does not believe the bill in its current form does enough to safeguard personal information. PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 "We continue to believe that information sharing improvements are essential to effective legislation, but they must include privacy and civil liberties protections, reinforce the roles of civilian and intelligence agencies, and include targeted liability protections," Caitlin Hayden, a National Security Council spokeswoman, said in a statement.