Feeds

White House threatens to veto redrafted Cyber Intelligence act

Still too evil, insist presidential viziers

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

The White House has threatened to veto the re-animated Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) over privacy concerns.

It's deja vu all over again, as President Barack Obama's administration said that the bill needed to better protect civilians' privacy and reduce the protection from liability the new legislation would extend to companies.

"The Administration still seeks additional improvements and if the bill, as currently crafted, were presented to the president, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill," the White House said in a statement.

The act is attempting to grease the wheels for sharing of cybersecurity information between private firms and different government bodies, but the new bill doesn't force companies to make an effort to remove irrelevant personal information when they pass data along, according to the White House.

In order to share potentially personal information, companies need some protection from privacy legislation and prosecution over private data, but the administration said the bill's current liability limitations were too broad.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on CISPA later this week.

To try to push the bill through on the second pass, the Intelligence Committee has changed around a few things, including stopping firms from using information for anything other than cybersecurity and adding civil liberties oversight.

The act got cleared by the House last year in its original form, but was then scuppered by a Republican filibuster in the Senate. ®

Application security programs and practises

More from The Register

next story
ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION
Environmental activist walks free after hoax sent share price over a cliff
Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold
Ministry of Fun confirms: Yes, we're busy doing nothing
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services
Class action launched on behalf of 100 million iPhone owners
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.