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Microsoft says tone on CISPA the same despite likely veto

updated 08:15 pm EDT, Mon April 30, 2012

Microsoft backs CISPA bill to the end

Microsoft in a statement Monday clung to a firm stance on the proposed CISPA bill. The firm told The Hill that, despite having said it wanted to "honor the privacy" of users, it wanted the bill to continue forward. It would "look forward" to working with the Senate on the bill.

The support may be a more symbolic gesture than real. President Obama has already said he would veto the bill if it didn't include certain safeguards, and changes made up until the surprise passing of CISPA didn't meet the expectations. Most of the Obama administration's support has been behind a bipartisan, independent- and Republican-penned bill that would have stricter conditions.

The bill was intended to get information about Internet security threats and head off larger issues. Concerns have been raised both that there wasn't enough oversight and that information might be handed to the CIA or NSA for issues that weren't national in scale.

AT&T, Facebook, IBM, Oracle, and Verizon are among the other companies that are supporting the bill.

- Jon Fingas

By Electronista Staff


  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    One more

    reason to hate Microsoft.

  1. SierraDragon

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    Joined: Mar 2004


    Avoid MS

    Like Arne said, one more reason to avoid MS products even when it is inconvenient. If the MS sleaze wanted to "honor the privacy" of users they would not be spending money to push the bill.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    Arne and Sierra

    So have you cancelled your iPhone then? Since ATT and Verizon both endorsed it, I'm assuming you would want to avoid those companies as well. Oracle also endorsed it, so make sure you stop using Java for anything, and you dump any Oracle products you may be using for MySQL (oh, wait, I think that's Oracle now too!) or SQL Server (oh c***, Microsoft!) or, I don't know, PostgresSQL should be OK, right.

    And IBM supported it, so make sure you do nothing to support IBM, not just buying IBM products or services, but you should stop frequenting any business that does use their products. Sure, you probably now can't find anywhere to shop or eat, well, anything, but who cares, because they support CISPA.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001



    And what of CISPA is all about big business and what is s******* your privacy?

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