The controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act will be re-introduced this week

House Intelligence Committee Hopes to Revive Original CISPA

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The controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act will be re-introduced this week, according to a report Friday on The Hill. 

The version of the bill planned to be introduced this week by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger is apparently identical to the version of CISPA that passed the House in the spring. The revised version, which was introduced over the summer, intended to smooth over provisions that would allow companies to bypass all existing privacy law to spy on communications and pass user data to the government.

Unlike SOPA or PIPA which dealt with copyright, CISPA aims to improve information sharing between companies operating vital infrastructure in the US and the government.

In April, the Obama administration released a statement opposing CISPA, and cited the lack of sufficient limitations on the sharing of “personally identifiable information between private entities and does not contain adequate oversight or accountability measures necessary to ensure that the data is used only for appropriate purposes.”

A report by Bloomberg citing two former White House officials says President Obama will issue an executive order after the State of the Union address on February 12 to set up a voluntary program of cybersecurity standards.

According to the Register, this “could be a sign that Congress is trying to get its own rules in first ahead of any announcement.”

Canada has also been under pressure to come up with more streamlined approach to cybersecurity after a scathing Auditor General report that found holes in the way cyberthreats are dealt with. In one example, federal government systems were targeted by hackers, and the Canadian Cyber Incident Repsonse Centre was not notified until more than one week after the intrusion was discovered.

Talk back: What do you think of the return of CISPA? Do you think that President Obama will issue an executive order this week? Let us know in a comment.

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