White House threatens to veto CISPA ahead of vote

The White House said it is concerned that the bill does not adequately prevent sharing of irrelevant personal information

By , IDG News Service |  IT Management

Civil rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union have opposed the bill, though some industry bodies like software trade group BSA support it. 34 organizations including ACLU and EFF wrote a joint letter to Congressional Representatives on Monday stating that they continue to oppose the bill, as the amendments "were woefully inadequate to cure the civil liberties threats" posed by the bill.

One amendment, for example, stops the use of information collected under CISPA for any "national security" purpose, but still allows for the use of the data in the context of poorly-defined purposes such as a "cybersecurity purpose," EFF said.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

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