(The Hosting News) – Cyber security and data protection remain increasingly important issues in the U.S. and worldwide. Resources and tools to combat such challenges are constantly being developed in the form of technology and legislation. Most recently, U.S. lawmakers considered their own plan to address cyber concerns.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) received approval from the U.S. House just earlier this week. The bill is intended to help guard tech networks against cyber threats by allowing threat information sharing between the U.S. government and security firms.
Despite well intentions, the bill remains controversial with opponents fearing it would too broadly define exactly what information can be used in the sharing process.
In the political arena, the legislation has drawn high support from Republican lawmakers while mostly being rebuked by Democrats. One of the largest backers of the bill is U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) who applauded CISPA’s passage in a press release on Wednesday. Boehner said the House listened to “private-sector job creators, civil liberties advocates, and technology experts” when drafting the legislation. Boehner also stated that the legislation would “help stop cyber-attacks that threaten our economy and our privacy while keeping the Internet free from government control.”
“I would urge Senate Democrats to quickly consider this bill, and send it to the president for his signature,” Boehner continued.
Despite Boehner’s wishful thinking regarding the bill being signed by the White House, it could face an uphill battle. The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has already signaled it’d veto the legislation in its current form on Wednesday.
“H.R. 3523 fails to provide authorities to ensure that the Nation’s core critical infrastructure is protected while repealing important provisions of electronic surveillance law without instituting corresponding privacy, confidentiality, and civil liberties safeguards,” stated the White House. The White House also said the bill failed to sufficiently provide oversight and lacked “sufficient limitations on the sharing of personally identifiable information.”
Introduced in November, the legislation has been compared by some to other controversial bills including the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Legislators agreed to place those bills on indefinite hold in January following massive opposition from tech providers including Google and Wikipedia.