CISPA Passes House, Headed Toward Senate, Obama May Veto

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April 27 2012 2:18 PM

CISPA Passes House, Headed Toward Senate, Obama May Veto

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CISPA, a controversial piece of legislation impacting online privacy, has passed the House and is moving toward the Senate. Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks at the Capitol.

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Call it a hack of Congress.

The U.S. House passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, in a surprise nighttime session this week, despite an uproar from online privacy advocates.

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Opponents of CISPA cite vague language in the bill they say violates basic civil liberties, allowing the government access to anything you say or do online without first obtaining a warrant. Supporters say CISPA makes it easier for the private sector to provide possible cyber threat information without additional regulatory burden.

Two similar pieces of legislation, SOPA and PIPA, were tabled earlier this year after a coalition of users and websites like Tumblr and Wikipedia mounted an unprecedented campaign against the bills.

Even if the bill passes the Senate, President Obama has threatened to veto it, suggesting he may be gunning for the coveted Reddit vote in 2012.

Video produced by Jim Festante.

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.