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Updated CISPA May be Headed to Congress for a Third Time

by Jacob Kleinman | October 23, 2013October 23, 2013 9:30 pm PDT

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Mother Jones reports that two senators are working on a revision of the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) in an effort to pass the bill, which focuses on allowing private companies to share information with the U.S. government in an effort to protect against cyber attacks. Earlier versions of CISPA came under fire for threatening user privacy, but it looks like the amended bill could be less broad in what it allows to be shared.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (Democrat-Calif.) confirmed in a statement to Mother Jones that she is working with Senator Saxby Chambliss (Republican-GA.), saying its purpose is “to facilitate the sharing of cyber related information among companies and with the government and to provide protection from liability.”

The return of CISPA, which frees companies from any legal repercussions for providing private information to the U.S. government, may prove even more controversial following the Edward Snowden leaks earlier this year that revealed the extent to which the NSA can already access private information. The revelations also help explain why Internet companies like Verizon, Google and Facebook supported CISPA, since they were already providing information to the NSA and would be protected legally if the bill passed.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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