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House intel comittee says CISPA will not allow businesses to go on cyber offensives

We’ve heard plenty of civil liberties advocates object to the Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), claiming the bill harms privacy rights. However, one group opposed to the act argues that it actually allows businesses to commit the very behavior it aims to curb — that is, it allows them to hack the computers of anyone they believe is hacking them.

CISPA says that a company gets immunity for any decisions made based on cyber-threat information that they receive under the bill and based on cyber-threat information that they identify and obtain using cybersecurity systems,” Greg Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology told reporters in Washington this morning.