Civil Liberties

'Cybersecurity' Bill Passes House

It makes your privacy rather less secure


The House of Representatives passed "cyberthreat information sharing" legislation known as CISPA this afternoon by a a vote of 288-127 with 29 Republicans joining 98 Democrats in voting no.

The legislation allows the federal government to collect data from private corporations, without a warrant and their privacy policies for users would no longer be legally enforceable. Justin Amash's proposed amendment to prevent that from happening failed earlier this week and is among the reasons (more regulations being another) cited by the White House when it issued a veto threat.

As it stands the legislation's privacy protection consists of the federal government taking "reasonable measures" to limit its own data collection.