New Support for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

  • The proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is drawing negative response from Internet users, already inspiring an online petition against it with soaring numbers. But unlike SOPA, CISPA is receiving support, not opposition, from the large Internet companies.
  • The proposed bill purports to protect online companies from cyber threats by allowing companies and the government to share information. However, Digital Trends points out that the legislation “places absolutely no explicit limits on the type of information that may be shared with the government, or between private companies, as long as it is somehow related to cyber threats.”
  • Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Intel, AT&T, Verizon and other influential companies have already sent letters of support to Congress. “Whereas SOPA and PIPA were bad for many companies that do business on the Internet, and burdened them with the unholy task of policing the Web (or facing repercussions if they didn’t), this bill makes life easier for them; it removes regulations and the risk of getting sued for handing over our information to The Law,” explains the article.
  • If consumers want to overturn the legislation, they need to get the Internet companies on their side. Otherwise, there won’t likely be any blackouts this time around and CISPA will probably be passed, warns Digital Trends writer Andrew Couts.