While Congress seeks information on threats, companies want liability protection and privacy advocates seek to protect citizens' rights. But the current legislation fails to do all three.The fight over the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has just begun. On April 18, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill, which aims to ease information sharing between private companies and the government, a weak spot in the nation's ability to defend itself against cyber-attacks. The latest bill, however, trumps privacy legislation and allows companies to dodge accountability for the collection and sharing of users' information, critics say. In fact, the fight over CISPA appears to be a battle over liability protections for corporations. Companies—from Microsoft to IBM to Facebook—have thrown their support behind the bill because of the sweeping liability protections it will grant to companies that share information, not because it will improve the nation's cyber-security,
Companies don't have to worry about any other privacy law enacted to protect user privacy," she said. "They can simply share information for cyber-security purposes to the federal government ... and if they are sloppy, they don't have to worry."