CISPA, or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, is a major cybersecurity bill on the floor of the House of Representatives. Today, the House will be voting on whether or not to pass the controversial act. Here's what you need to know.
1. CISPA is Universally Hated By Online Communities
CISPA is one of the most hated bills, judging from the reactions online. Yesterday, #endCISPA was trending on Twitter, as online activists tried to spread the word about bill.
2. CISPA is a Really Complicated Bill
There is so much information in the bill that its difficult to understand the entire bill. It seems as though cybersecurity legislation like CISPA may be tacked on as an amendments to key bills — like, hypothetically, bills that give subsidies to small businesses — so the cybersecurity amendments will be easier to pass (hypothetically, no Congressman wants to vote against helping small businesses, even if they oppose CISPA or similar amendments).
3. CISPA will Let Companies Share User Data
How CISPA will actually impact you? In a few ways actually. Most importantly, CISPA will allow private companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple to easily share your private data with the government under the guise of cybersecurity. In addition, the bill also incentivizes sharing data with the government by offering companies "protection," according to PCWorld.
4. CISPA is Sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) is one of the sponsors of the CISPA bill and has been a huge advocate for the legislation. He's been tweeting about the bill extensively, trying to convince followers to support CISPA. However, we found out that Rep. Rogers has actually been using an anti-CISPA hashtag sponsored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Every time he used the hashtag, he gave money to defeat a bill that he sponsored. Oops! We reached out to the congressman's office before, but never heard back. To read more about this story, click here.
5. The White House has Threatened to Veto the Bill
If CISPA comes to President Obama's desk, he has threatened to veto the bill. Of course, the bill could still pass. It's important to note that if the House passes CISPA, it still needs to get past the Senate. Last year, when CISPA was first introduced, the House passed the bill but the Senate didn't, fearing a veto from Obama.