CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) is dead again, with the US Senate killing the government Internet sharing bill.
The bill would have allowed governments and companies to work together to share user private information if a cyber security threat was a possibility.
However, the language in the bill made many internet activist and pro-net neutrality members nervous – what is the governments line between an actual threat and someone they just want to snoop on.
Companies on Board
Facebook and Microsoft were for the bill passing in the Senate, even though the White House said they would veto any CISPA bill with this kind of rogue language.
The reasons for Facebook and Microsoft agreeing to the proposals is less energy put on the company to track down cyber security threats within their system.
Instead of trying to work things out, they simply send user information to a government team and they take care of the rest. Facebook and Microsoft probably don’t care the type of language, as the bill would have led to less lawsuits.
We doubt this is the last we will hear of CISPA. The people who wrote the bill failed once before and came back with a pretty similar document, which passed the House of Representaties.
If they can pass one House this time, then maybe next time the Senate will be more convinced CISPA is the right course of action. Democrats are not behind this bill very much and find the whole idea a little absurd.
We have seen other bills like this, including SOPA, PIPA and ACTA. All have been stopped by social networking, blackouts and hacking attempts.
At the end of the day, if activists can keep the bills at bay, we may be able to enjoy our free and open web for a few more years.