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CDT, White House oppose CISPA cyberthreat sharing bill

Grant Gross | April 26, 2012
As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to debate a controversial cyberthreat information-sharing bill, a key deal with a vocal digital rights group has fallen apart.

The bill would allow U.S. agencies to use information shared by private companies for a broad range of law enforcement uses beyond cybersecurity, CDT and other critics have said.

Bill sponsors Representatives Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, and C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger, a Maryland Democrat, said Wednesday that protection of critical infrastructure falls outside the jurisdiction of the House Intelligence Committee, where their bill originated. Rogers is the chairman and Ruppersberger is the senior Democrat on that committee.

Rogers and Ruppersberger also pointed to a "substantial package of privacy and civil liberties" improvements they agreed to Tuesday. The House Rules Committee has "agreed to a package of amendments that address nearly every single one of the criticisms leveled by the administration, particularly those regarding privacy and civil liberties of Americans," the two lawmakers said in a statement.

 

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