House Passes Cybersecurity Bill

    WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 02:  The plaza on the east side of the U.S. Capitol is seen August 2, 2011 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives voted 269 to 161 yesterday to pass The Budget Control Act, a bipartisan debt ceiling deal, before going on recess until September. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will work today to gather enough votes for the deal.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    The House passed a controversial cyber security bill on Thursday, despite a threat from President Obama that he would veto the bill should it make it to his desk. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) would allow the government more easy access to individual’s personal web-browsing history in cases of potential cyber threats. Proponents say the bill is aimed more at file sharing because it also allows security firms and Web agencies to share information. The White House said the law repeals "important provisions of electronic surveillance law without instituting corresponding privacy, confidentiality and civil liberties safeguards." The bill passed with a 248-168 margin.

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