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    What is CISPA?

    The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act has kept the Internet buzzing this week, leading many to ask, "What is CISPA?"

    Basically, CISPA would allow companies and government agencies to share information they considered to be a "cyber threat" with other private companies or the government and not be penalized for such sharing.

    The divisive cybersecurity legislation comes up for a vote in the House Friday, and civil liberties groups, Internet groups, and a swarm of political leaders are taking a strong stance against the bill.

    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) maintains CISPA is a serious threat to domestic privacy laws and threatens to undercut vital privacy protections.

    The ACLU argues the bill is even more insidious than the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), stating that the legislation "would give the government, including military spy agencies, unprecedented powers to snoop through people's personal information--medical records, private emails, financial information-all without a warrant, proper oversight or limits."

    Even the Obama Administration opposes the bill, siding with the Internet forces on this one. President Barack Obama said Wednesday he would veto the bill if it passed in current form.

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