The much-debated CISPA bill has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives despite warnings from the White House.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is a controversial bill that would allow intelligence agencies to collect personal data about Americans from private companies. Currently, it doesn’t contain any provisions pertaining to cybercrimes which means it cannot be passed yet since it compromises internet privacy. The White House threatened to veto the CISPA bill since it contains major privacy loopholes and want amendments that would ensure minimum amount of data is handed over during investigations.
The approval of the controversial bill comes just days after when the gun control bill was blocked by the Senate despite the fact that more than 80% Americans and Obama himself supported it.
People are furious and have taken to Twitter to express their disapproval towards the CISPA bill:
How the hell can a bill like CISPA pass the House???? It is a complete invasion of our privacy. Unbelievable. The Senate better vote NO!!!— Zach Sklar (@Cybersklar) April 19, 2013
#Cispa passed today. Strange, the bill would never pass, meanwhile our countries attention is in Boston, goodbye internet privacy.— Greg R.(@ThatOneDudeGreg) April 18, 2013
I knew the CISPA BILL was going to pass. I hope ppl understand the severity of this bill. Online privacy is about to seize.— Charlene A., MSIS (@Ms_CA12) April 18, 2013
Yours reps can vote in private and secrecy, but pass a bill that destroys privacy online. #CISPA— Ohex Ohohstring (@0x00string) April 18, 2013
So basically elected officials were paid to pass a bill they may or may not have agreed with that violates privacy on so many levels #CISPA— Rusty James (@swaggaticchio) April 18, 2013
Once #cispa passes the senate and turns into law the entire constitution will literally have been shredded. Bill of rights is almost gone.— Anonymous (@TheLucidAnon) April 19, 2013