Battle of Cyber Security Bill

The new cyber security bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), looks to allow the government and private companies to share more information, including that of customer information about perceived cyber security threats. Introduced on November 30, 2011 by both Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger, CISPA has in result received a large backing of 111 lawmakers and over 800 companies (including Google and Facebook). However, this new bill has become quite controversial.Web freedom and consumer advocate groups and writers have come to see parallel lines between that of the new bill, CISPA, and the past bill, Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). SOPA had attempted to fight online piracy by forcing United States websites to break internet links and financial ties to websites in foreign nations that were accused of copy infringement.

Nevertheless, CISPA has an entirely different set of goals than SOPA had had, yet many critics remain to state that CISPA is still too broad, “especially a provision that defines ‘cyber threat intelligence’ as ‘information…pertaining to the protection of a system or network from…theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property, or personal information'” (

My question is, what do you think?


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