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Lawmakers pass controversial cyber-security bill despite veto threat.

| WASHINGTON, April 27 (KUNA) -- Despite a threat of a White House veto, lawmakers in the House of Representatives late Thursday passed a controversial cyber security bill that will allow private firms to share individuals private information with the U.S. government. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which is designed to defend U.S. networks against cyber attacks, passed the House 248-162.

Under CISPA, private companies could voluntarily share cyber threat information with other companies and the federal government. In turn, the federal government could then share classified information on cyber threats with private companies. The White House threatened to veto the legislation, saying the bill fails to protect citizens' privacy and gives a pass to companies that do not secure networks critical to the nation's security. Republicans accused the Obama administration of wanting to control the internet and dismissed privacy concerns. However, civil liberty groups have raised concerns. Some contend that the bill gives employers the ability to spy on employees and then share that information with the government in the name of national security. (end) hy.rk KUNA 270916 Apr 12NNNN

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Date:Apr 27, 2012
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