The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has made it out of its markup hearing in the House by a vote of 18-2. That means that the bill could be voted on by the full House on the floor as soon as next week. Worst still members of the committee overwhelmingly voted down an amendment that would have added some privacy provisions into the bill.
One of those members that voted against the bill, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), proposed three privacy amendments which were all voted down. Afterwards she said that she was disappointed that her colleagues did not limit the NSA and other intelligence agencies from collecting sensitive data on Americans.
The amendments "required that companies report cyber threat information directly to civilian agencies, and maintained the long-standing tradition that the military doesn't operate on U.S. soil against American citizens," Schakowsky said.
CNET has a full list of all the amendments that were rejected by the Committee.
At this point opponents of the bill, including every imaginable Internet watchdog group, must rely on the promise the President made to veto the bill should it make it across his desk. But some are worried that the White House has been slow to respond to what's going on with CISPA. The Administration has yet to officially respond to a petition signed by 100,000 people asking him to reject the legislation.
We will have more on this story as it develops.
If you'd like to let your elected representative in Congress know that you don't like CISPA, you can do so through the Entertainment Consumers Association's Advocacy campaign.
[GamePolitics is an ECA publication.]