Lobbying group representing Microsoft and Google backs CISPA

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has been in the news recently when it passed a House vote which sees it on the way to a vote on the House floor. The bill, which allows greater information sharing between private companies (e.g. Google, Facebook or Twitter) and the U.S. government bypassing all federal and state privacy laws, has received criticism from groups such as the National Security Agency, who urged that the bill be amended with a civilian agency put in charge. 

A letter, spotted by The Hill, sent to the leaders of the House Intelligence panel on Wednesday, outlines the support of Google, Oracle, Microsoft and Yahoo (amongst others) who support CISPA. The lobbying group, TechNet, is the face of the support, with the CEO, Rey Ramsey, writing: "We commend the committee for providing liability protections to companies participating in voluntary information-sharing and applaud the committee's efforts to work with a wide range of stakeholders to address issues such as strengthening privacy protections." Ramsey said he looked forward to "continuing the dialogue with you and your colleagues on further privacy protections."

TechNet's executive council includes a wide range of high-profile technology executives, such as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer,  Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Cisco CEO John Chambers, Oracle President Safra Catz, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith and more.

After failing in the Senate, CISPA is making its way through Congress. Last year, several leading technology companies, including Facebook, IBM, AT&T and Microsoft, came out in support of the bill. Tech companies who opposed CISPA were few and far between, with Mozilla and Cheezburger, Inc. among the two most well known. The majority of the opposition came from interest groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Democracy and Technology. 

While this is a large step forward for those who support CISPA, it still has to win a vote on the House floor and in Congress before it arrives on the President's desk. 

Source: The HillTechNet CISPA support letter | Image via Wikipedia

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It seems that these companies are possibly supporting the bill because it will put checks in place as to how the government uses this information, and if it is used for anything other that cyber-security threats then the government (and agencies) will be liable for prosecution.
Curious that Microsoft and Facebook no longer support the legislation and the government has threatened to veto CISPA.. All since the above amendments were put in place!! meh..

Government will never stop imposing new controls for itself and corporatism. It's always been the people's responsibility to keep them in check, which we've failed at miserably. There's a reason nothing "makes sense", you're approaching it from a standpoint of believing they have you're (the people) best interests in mind, when the reality is very different.

I can't dump Microsoft's products. Windows and Bing is too good for me. Google on the other hand, has only my gmail account that I use for spam so sure, let's dump it.

Apple supports it too, indirectly through the Information Technology Industry Council and CTIA. Other companies supporting H.R. 624 (CISPA) are Intel, Dell, Qualcomm, HTC, LG, Motorola, Avast, McAfee, Sprint, Comcast, Verizon, Clearwire, Samsung, Leap Wireless, Alcatel (and a lot more)... no where to run, if you're against and will have nothing to do with any company supporting CISPA.