White House Threatens to Veto CISPA
Posted: April 20, 2013 by Maja Johnson
On April 16, 2013, the White House issued a Statement where it clearly pointed out its positions on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act or popularly known as CISPA. This is not the first time the White House has announced to veto the bill. The bill is clearly designed to invade our privacy to attain more ground against our personal freedoms.
According to the White House Administration, CISPA is still far from being a "good" bill when it comes to protecting civil rights and privacies. The Obama Administration said it would recommend the President veto the bill again. After carefully reading the bill, experts from the White House stated that the bill clearly has a loop. It cannot guarantee that private Internet companies would stop and delete any personal information that is unnecessary before sending all other important data to the FBI, NSA or other government agencies. On the other hand, the bill does not say whether citizens can sue a company for failing to protect their personal information, or such company would be granted immunity for working with the Government. The White House stated also that it was aware of the new amendments introduced to the bill; however, it believed that many of them did not address the crucial matters.
CISPA passed the voting by the House Intelligence Committee last week and is expecting to go to a full vote by the end of this week. Members from the House of Representatives stated that the White House's veto was an expected move but they will not give up on the issue. The situation evolving around the infamous bill is resembles the one a year ago, when CISPA did not even reach the Senate.
The White House Veto came as an enormous support though, to civil liberties groups that fight against CISPA. Even though CISPA supporters include some major companies like Microsoft, Google and Yahoo, the anti-CISPA group is slowly but surely raising its voice as more and more companies join its movement. With companies like Mozilla, Facebook, Reddit and now the White House covering their back, the small civil liberties group has a chance to make CISPA part of history once and for all.