House Intelligence Committee Collaborating With Obama Administration On New CISPA

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CISPA was one of the more worrisome Internet-related bills of 2012. It threatened the online privacy of just about everyone by allowing corporations to share information with governments in the hopes of sniffing out cyber threats. The House approved bill died while waiting for a vote from the Senate, but it looks like it will be back this year with some new protections in tow.

The Hill reports that Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, is partnering with Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers to re-introduce CISPA into the house this year. The original CISPA was threatened with a veto from the White House, but Ruppersberger hopes to avoid that this year by working directly with White House staff in the crafting of the bill.

What kind of cybersecurity bill can we expect from a collaboration between the House and the Obama administration? It's too early to tell, but Ruppersberger says that his team is "working with the White House to to make sure that hopefully they can be more supportive of our bill than they were last time." These discussions with the White House are reportedly "working pretty well."

For the bill to have support from the White House, it will have to feature more of the privacy protections found in the Senate's CSA. Both CISPA and CSA raised concern over their lack of privacy protections, but the White House seemed to favor CSA.

The reemergence of CISPA is only the beginning of a year that will be putting a lot of emphasis on cybersecurity. The U.S. is already gearing up for what could turn into massive offensives that are carried out online. Calls for a cybersecurity bill that sets ground rules for what the nation can and can not do will only continue to grow as the year goes on.

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