House Passes Slightly Less Creepy CISPA Bill


On Thursday, the House passed a slightly less terrifying version of the controversial cyber-security bill, CISPA.

CISPA, which stands for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, would give government agencies the right to share information with Internet companies about potential hacking threats. The initial bill was so broad that it would have allowed government agencies like the NSA to share user data with Internet companies without the potential for legal action, as long as they acted in "good faith." Clearly there is nothing to worry about there.

After push-back from groups like the ACLU and President Obama, the House passed a few amendments that make sure the sharing allowed by the bill is only about cyber security. The government also can't use information like medical records or records about library checkouts (though it'd probably be best to avoid any Hacking for Dummies books).

The bill passed 248-168, though the White House has threatened a veto.