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CISPA Passes House
Look Kids, The Magic of Lobbying Cash!
by Karl Bode 03:19PM Thursday Apr 18 2013
CISPA, which critics insist erodes consumer privacy under the pretense of "cybersecurity," has passed the House with a vote of 288 to 127. CISPA isn't seeing the kind of corporate opposition SOPA did (read: Google) because in many instances it protect companies from being fast and loose with personal data, which is why it has the support of companies like AT&T and Verizon.

CISPA also delivers billions in marginally-accountable government contracts for security companies who sell fear and battle phantoms for a living, like the wife of CISPA sponsor Rep. Mike Rogers. Senate passage may be unlikely, particularly as activists increase opposition and public attention focuses. The Obama administration has also promised a veto if the bill lacks meaningful privacy protections, for whatever that winds up being worth.

Update: the full voting breakdown is here.


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