The US House of Representatives has passed CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The vote pretty much went along partisan lines, with 248 in favour and 168 against, so not a close result.
CISPA is the much publicised follow up to SOPA, but rather than focusing on copyright protection, it aims, broadly, to allow companies and the government to share data. All in the name of protecting national interests, defending against terrorism and all the other bogeymen running around out there today.
The problem is that the bill is so broad, and just generally not well enough defined, that it gives the US government a huge amount of potential leeway when it comes to disregarding privacy controls.
However, even though the bill has been passed by the House, it still has some way to go, and indeed isn't expected to negotiate its way successfully through the Senate.
Several amendments have also been introduced to get it through the House, including the Quayle amendment, which stipulated that any information collected and shared could only be used in certain set circumstances.
What's also interesting is that many of the big tech companies that were quick to denounce SOPA, haven't been so keen to register protest at the spectre of CISPA. Mainly because SOPA threatened to make them do some work in policing intellectual property on the net, whereas CISPA does no such thing.
Source: The Next Web (opens in new tab)