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President Obama plans to veto cyber data-sharing bill

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Some members of congress are claiming a data-sharing bill is needed to protect the country from cyber-attacks but the public isn't buying it.

Plenty of controversy has surrounded The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. A newer version, CISPA 2.0 resurfaced at the beginning of 2013; the bill is again making its way into the House of Representatives in hopes of being passed into law.

"Have you ever heard of CISPA?" News Leader 9 reporter Brittany Dionne asked.

"No," said Sarah Weber, Dothan school teacher.  

"What does it sound like to you?" Dionne asked.

"A vitamin" Weber chuckled.

For some, CISPA is a hard pill to swallow.

The data-sharing bill would allow intelligence agencies to collect your personal information from private companies.

 For example, your banking institute would be allowed to share your information with intelligence agencies as they request it.

The authors of the bill House Intelligence Chairman Republican Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Democrat Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) say apprehension surrounding the bill is unfounded.

Rogers says, "…CISPA protects a free and open Internet and allows people to share cyber threat information to [protect themselves and their clients]".

The House Intelligence Committee has also released a "myth-buster" article to help ease concerns.

According to the "fact-sheet", it is a myth that the legislation is a type of surveillance program.

The committee proclaims that in fact,

"The bill has nothing to do with government surveillance; rather it simply provides narrow authority to share anonymous cyber threat information between the government and the private sector so they can protect their networks and their customers' private information."

On April 26, 1012, CISPA passed in the House of Representatives but died in the Senate. President Obama threatened to veto the bill; he reiterated that threat Tuesday afternoon as a second vote on the bill inched closer.

In a statement released by the white house, the President's advisors presented his concerns with the "revised" bill:

"...The Administration still seeks additional improvements and if the bill, as currently crafted, were presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill."

The president has stated CISPA does not protect the privacy rights of the public and does not preserve the boundaries between several security agencies.

There has been criticism from the public that the newer version of CISPA, CISPA 2.0, does not have enough revisions to protect the rights of citizens.

We reached out to Congressman Sanford Bishop to find out how he plans to vote on the issue.

"…CISPA is a positive first step to address a very troubling gap in our cyber defense, and I intend on supporting the measure when it comes to a vote," Bishop responded.

The bill is scheduled to be voted on in the House of Representatives within the week.

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