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April 25, 2012

White House Threatens to Veto CISPA

In advance of a Thursday debate on a controversial cyber-security bill, the White House has threatened to veto the legislation.

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a statement that said the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) "departs from longstanding efforts to treat the Internet and cyberspace as civilian spheres."

Sponsors and supporters of CISPA claim the bill is intended to allow private companies and the government to communicate in the event of a cyber threat. Detractors, however, argue that it will simply make it easier for the feds to get their hands on users' personal information.

According to OMB, CISPA also: fails to ensure that critical infrastructure is protected; repeals important provisions of electronic surveillance law without instituting corresponding privacy, confidentiality, and civil liberties safeguards; and inappropriately shields companies from any suits.

"If H.R. 3523 were presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill," OMB said.

The agency instead pushed a plan it unveiled last May.