As the hacker group Anonymous called for an Internet blackout reminiscent of the online protest held last year against the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passed the House of Representatives on April 18, despite indications from the White House that President Obama would veto it. Then it was rejected by the Senate a week later. Rather than vote on CISPA, the Senate will draft its own version of the legislation, the Huffington Post reports.
“CISPA would allow for voluntary information sharing between private companies and the government in the event of a cyber attack,” explains PCMag. “If the government detects a cyber attack that might take down Facebook or Google, for example, they could notify those companies. At the same time, Facebook or Google could inform the feds if they notice unusual activity on their networks that might suggest a cyber attack.”
After originally backing the bill, both Facebook and Microsoft have since withdrawn their support, reports RT News.
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