Controversial IT security bill passed by the house

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a modified cybersecurity bill designed to help organizations and the government share more information about IT security threats. But the bill still faces several obstacles before it becomes law. 

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) was passed by the House on April 28, and will now head to the Senate for a vote.

If signed into law, CISPA would allow the government to share information about cybersecurity threats and incidents with private organizations, and those private companies to share information with the government.

While the intentions are to help both sides better protect against IT security threats, the bill faces a lot of opposition from privacy groups — and from President Obama — because of the kinds of information that might be shared, ABC News reports.

For example, CISPA would allow Internet service providers to collect and share information on any user activities they feel could present a threat to their networks. Some groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, say the bill is vaguely worded and could allow a lot of personal information about Internet users to be shared. Similar arguments have been made about earlier cybersecurity legislation.

What are the odds you’ll have to worry about CISPA in its current form? Not very high, say some observers. For one thing, President Obama has threatened to veto the bill if it makes it past the Senate. We’ll keep you posted.

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