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Microsoft drops support for CISPA

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 28 Apr 2012 21:49 User comments (6)

Microsoft drops support for CISPA Microsoft, who was long a supporter of the CISPA bill, has now done an about-face.
The software giant has said they can only support laws that allow "us to honor the privacy and security promises we make to our customers." Additionally, the company wants to "ensure the final legislation helps to tackle the real threat of cybercrime while protecting consumer privacy."

In November, when CISPA was introduced, Microsoft VP for government affairs Fred Humphries publicly stated they wanted to "commend CISPA's sponsors and Microsoft applauds their leadership." He later added: "This bill is an important first step towards addressing significant problems in cyber security." Clearly they are no longer as excited by the law.

Microsoft's new statement (via Cnet):

"Microsoft has previously stated support for efforts to improve cyber security, and sharing threat information is an important component of those efforts. Improvements to the way this information is shared would help companies better protect customers, and online services in the United States and around the world from criminal attack. Microsoft believes that any proposed legislation should facilitate the voluntary sharing of cyber threat information in a manner that allows us to honor the privacy and security promises we make to our customers.

Legislation passed by the House of Representatives yesterday is a first step in this legislative process. Since November, there has been active, constructive dialogue to identify and address concerns about the House bill, and several important changes were incorporated. We look forward to continuing to work with members of Congress, consumer groups, the civil liberties community and industry colleagues as the debate moves to the Senate to ensure the final legislation helps to tackle the real threat of cybercrime while protecting consumer privacy."

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6 user comments

129.4.2012 0:08

How convenient to abandon support for this bill AFTER it passes the House and heads to the Senate.

229.4.2012 3:00

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How convenient to abandon support for this bill AFTER it passes the House and heads to the Senate.

Before or After makes very little difference you know. If other corporations turn to MS reasoning for backing out, or at least question other sensible arguments to no longer back the bill: get enough of them, add in public outrage, that bill could be revoked easily enough.

329.4.2012 3:35

Microsoft: "That's too evil."

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 29 Apr 2012 @ 3:35

429.4.2012 4:51

Starting #MayDay #MAY1 #OpDefense #StopCISPA
VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njEi7mXi...=endscreen&NR=1

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 29 Apr 2012 @ 5:32

Live Free or Die.
The rule above all the rules is: Survive !
Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

529.4.2012 5:39

The tears running down his cheeks mingle with the gently falling rain as Bill Gates laments the passing of a law he helped instigate.
Funny old world, ain't it?

630.4.2012 1:13

we all know that ms stopped supporting this so people won't cancel their dsl/dialup with them or don't bother using their search engine

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 30 Apr 2012 @ 1:13

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