A set of amendments to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has triggered further debate over the controversial cyber security law.
The CISPA legislation is intended to facilitate the sharing of critical threat data between government agencies and private firms, including internet service providers and social networking companies, to help fight online crime.
Congressmen Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger, recently made changes to the bill that further limit government access to information and call for an annual report on the use of threat information.
While the changes were welcomed by CISPA backers, opponents believe the amendments are not enough.
A nine-member alliance of industry trade groups delivered a letter to House leaders calling for the passage of the controversial CISPA following the changes.
"From the perspective of America's major innovators, there is no Republican cyber security or Democratic cyber security," the coalition explained in its letter to the US House of Representatives
"There is only American cyber security, where urgent action is needed now."
Members of the security community have also come out in support of the legislation.
F-Secure chief research office Mikko Hypponen suggested that the law would allow officials to focus on professional online criminal operations and other serious threats, when interviewed by V3.
Privacy groups in opposition of the bill fear that the broadly-written legislation would allow government agencies to monitor online communications with little judicial oversight.
Supporters believe the legislation is a necessary measure in the fight against cyber crime.
"Even with the amendments accepted by the Intelligence Committee at markup, and the amendments now posted in the discussion draft on the Intelligence Committee's website," the American Civil Liberties Union argued.
"CISPA would violate Americans' privacy by permitting companies to share vast amounts of personal information with the government in the name of cyber security with little meaningful oversight."
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