Monday, April 30, 2012

Tech support for CISPA wobbles as Microsoft calls for privacy safeguards

Is Microsoft withdrawing its support for CISPA?
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) may have a strong backing in the tech world, but that began to look increasingly tenuous this weekend after software giant Microsoft seemed to walk back its support for the bill, warning that the company would now push lawmakers for additional privacy safeguards. That’s a big change for the company behind Windows and Xbox, which said in November that CISPA represented “an important first step towards addressing significant problems in cyber security,” and that Microsoft “applauds” lawmakers for pushing the bill. The company’s initial letter, written by Microsoft’s U.S. VP for government affairs, has been a key document in support of the bill: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), CISPA’s author, even prominently featured Microsoft’s support on his official website. The software giant’s movement on the matter comes after a growing public outcry over CISPA...
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