The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has passed through the House Of Representatives with a 248-168 vote Friday afternoon. Currently this is one of the most controversial bills being voted and worked on. Companies are going to be allowed to share information about cybersecurity threats with one another and the U.S. government through this bill, which sounds good.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich) created the bill. Few of the amendments that were made into the bill restricts the use of information collected with CISPA. As well as it ensures that most of the collected data will be subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
Microsoft and Facebook, are a few companies, that believe that CISPA would allow businesses to share knowledge about cyberattacks. This would increase their defense on their networks. Opponents to the bill believe that this bill would allow companies to send personal information about users to the federal government without permission.
Privacy groups like the Center for Democracy and Technology oppose the bill.