CISPA is Effectively Dead in the Senate

bp9801 - April 26, 2013 12:12PM in Internet

Last week, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) was passed in the House of Representatives. At that point it was then sent over to the Senate for them to vote on it, but it looks like CISPA is going to end there. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee and member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that while the bill is "important," its "privacy protections are insufficient." CISPA in its proposed form encompassed far too many things, as it not only allowed for security concerns to be shared but any information on specific users could be sent to the government.

It seems the Senate was concerned about that last part, as a representative of the Senate Commerce Committee stated "issues and key provisions" in CISPA are being divided up. Separate bills could come out of parts of those, like how email privacy, location tracking, and the like are being considered in a reform of the Electronic Communication Privacy Act (ECPA). One thing that's certain with any new bills is privacy protection has to be a stronger component, as the White House will veto any legislation that doesn't include them.

Source: US News