Tech Report: Congress Votes On Internet Privacy Bill This Week

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Lawmakers are set to vote later this week on a cyber security bill known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), but it’s already facing a growing backlash including a veto threat by the Obama Administration.

Earlier this year, lawmakers withdrew controversial bills (PIPA & SOPA) that were supposed to crackdown on online piracy following opposition from the tech community.

This time, the bill is designed to permit companies to share information with other companies and the federal government. It would also prevent the government from sharing information with companies.

The idea behind the bill is to prevent hacking attacks whether it is by individuals, organizations or foreign governments by sharing information.

KCBS Tech Report:

Those are some of the positives of this bi-partisan bill. Even companies like Facebook and Google are in favor of CISPA.

Opponents argue that it gives these companies too much power to share private information – like email – without your explicit permission.

The White House’s threat against the bill is considered an unlikely move, since many of the Democrat supporters are close to the president.

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