House Cybersecurity Bill Backs Off On IP Theft Provisions

Law360, New York (April 16, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee released a new draft of the Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act on Friday, removing intellectual property theft from the list of possible causes that could trigger disclosure of private information to the government.

CISPA, sponsored by Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, D-Md., aims to improve cybersecurity by creating incentives for the government and companies to share information on emerging threats. But critics like the Center for Democracy and Technology say the disclosures sought by the government allow for warrantless surveillance of online communications and could create a “backdoor wiretapping program."...

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