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Microsoft backs away from CISPA support, citing privacy

Posted on April 28th, 2012 at 18:17 by Paul Jay in category: News -- Write a comment


Microsoft is no longer as enthusiastic about a controversial cybersecurity bill that would allow Internet and telecommunications companies to divulge confidential customer information to the National Security Agency.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved CISPA by a 248 to 168 margin yesterday in spite of a presidential veto threat and warnings from some House members that the measure represented “Big Brother writ large.” (See CNET’s CISPA FAQ.)

In response to queries from CNET, Microsoft, which has long been viewed as a supporter of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, said this evening that any law must allow “us to honor the privacy and security promises we make to our customers.”

Microsoft added that it wants to “ensure the final legislation helps to tackle the real threat of cybercrime while protecting consumer privacy.”

That’s a noticeable change — albeit not a complete reversal — from Microsoft’s position when CISPA was introduced in November 2011.

  1. Although, keep in mind that this CISPA is not the CISPA they have supported, but and “extended” version. CISAP Enterprise Pro Edition.

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