Friday, April 27, 2012

SOPA Change Name To CISPA ( Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protect Act )


The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is a United States proposed law introduced on November 30, 2011 by U.S. Representative Michael Rogers (R-MI) and 111 co-sponsors. It was passed in the House of Representatives on April 26, 2012. Prior to the amendments offered during final passage of the bill that would address many Adminstration concerns, President Obama threatened to veto the bill.

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protect Act (CISPA) is a U.S. Senate bill designed to allow more sharing of “cyber threat intelligence” between the U.S. government and private sectors. If passed, the bill would allow the government with additional powers and resources to monitor the online activities of U.S. citizens to prevent cybercrimes, namely trafficking in intellectual property and counterfeit goods. While it was proposed as an amendment to the National Security Act of 1947, the bill has been widely viewed as a companion bill to the SOPA and PIPA.

If the bill is passed by the U.S. Congress, Internet companies and websites would be required to collect private information of their users and pass them onto the government upon request. Despite the popular comparison between CISPA and its unsuccessful precedents SOPA and PIPA, the new bill would reward companies for collecting data, intercepting or modifying communications and passing information over to the government. According to the official press release, the bill has gained support from several Internet giants like AT&T, Verizon and Facebook.

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