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Calls Grow For Google To Oppose CISPA

Submitted by on April 21, 2013 – 9:05 pmNo Comment

Like SOPA and PIPA before it, CISPA is the latest piece of legislation intended to increase cybersecurity in the US, but which is instead terrifying privacy experts. However, whereas the earlier bills eventually developed massive opposition from the tech sector, CISPA is still enjoying support from many tech giants.

Google has been involved with the development of CISPA for at least a year now, declining to say whether it supports or opposes any given draft. The bill’s author, Rep. Mike Rogers, described the company as “supportive.”

In a video released this week, Reddit co-founder Alex Ohanian called on Google, as well as Twitter and Facebook, to publicly oppose CISPA. The video also shows him trying to call Google CEO Larry Page through the company’s switchboard, and being informed that “no one by that name works at Google.”

Trade groups like the Business Software Alliance and TechAmerica, collectively representing companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook, are major supporters of CISPA.

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act is intended to allow tech companies and manufacturers to share information more easily with each other and government agencies. But critics say the bill lacks safeguards to prevent abuse, including the scrubbing of identifiable data from any shared information. A version of the bill was passed by the House this week, but President Obama has threatened to veto it in its current form.

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