Today the U.S. House of Representatives, in a show of bipartisan support, approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) by a 248-168 vote. Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), who co-sponsored the bill, released the following statement:
"This critically important legislation will help to safeguard America in the future from cyber attacks by rogue nations, terrorists and cyber criminals. We need to act before a disaster takes place -- not after it. CISPA will help to accomplish that goal.
"As Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, I have spent the past 16 months holding hearings and thoroughly examining the issue of online privacy. I have very carefully reviewed CISPA's privacy provisions, and I'm satisfied that American consumers are adequately protected.
"This bill provides absolutely no authority to the federal government to monitor private networks. Additionally, all information sharing with the government would be completely voluntary. The bill also encourages the private sector to "anonymize" the information it shares with the government or other entities, including the removal of personally identifiable information prior to sharing it. And, finally, the bill also requires the Intelligence Community Inspector General to review information sharing between the private sector and the government, and to provide an annual report to Congress on its findings.
"These are very strong privacy protection features, and I applaud Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Ruppersberger for working so hard to protect American consumers and to make this a truly bipartisan effort."