The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee plan to re-introduce on Wednesday a controversial cybersecurity bill that has faced pushback from the White House.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and ranking member Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) said Friday that they plan to re-introduce the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) next week during a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. The bill is aimed at improving information-sharing about cyber threats between government and industry so cyberattacks can be thwarted in real time.
The bill that Rogers and Ruppersberger plan to introduce next week will be identical to the version of CISPA that passed the House last spring.
In a speech earlier this week, Rogers attempted to head off the privacy concerns raised about the bill last year.
“We’re talking about exchanging packets of information, zeroes and ones, if you will, one hundred millions times a second,” he said. “So some notion that this is a horrible invasion of content reading is wrong. It is not even close to that.”
Oh, and those files you get through PirateBay? We’re talking about exchanging packets of information, zeroes and ones, if you will, one hundred millions times a second, so some notion that this is a horrible theft of intellectual property is wrong. It is not even close to that.