Cyber Security Bill CISPA Clears U.S. House Hurdle

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, otherwise known as “CISPA,” cleared a major hurdle on Thursday as the U.S. House approved it by a 288 to 127 margin, according to a report from ABC News.

CISPA seeks to strengthen information sharing between the government and tech providers in an effort to better protect against cyber attacks.

It’s not, however, the first time the legislation has been brought to a vote by the U.S. Congress. In 2012, CISPA received a 288 to 127 vote from the U.S. House before facing further delay.

Meanwhile, the web hosting community has emphasized a steady-handed approach to the issue.

“The goal of CISPA is to increase security online and make it easier to identify potential cyber threats, but such reform must be tackled in an open manner that preserves certain civil liberties guaranteed to all Americans,” commented the i2Coalition’s David Snead on Wednesday.

Preceding the vote, Sneed also chided the House Rules Committee for failing to consider amendments he said would “alleviate” privacy concerns.

U.S. President Barack Obama had previously threatened to veto the bill – emphasizing that it didn’t meet proper privacy standards. CISPA also faces stronger opposition in the U.S. Senate.