OVERNIGHT TECH: CISPA heads to House floor

But the Senate will likely need to address privacy concerns with such a measure. Privacy advocates expressed disappointment with the result of the House Intelligence panel's markup on Wednesday and plan to withhold their support for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, known as CISPA.

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"We are disappointed that the committee did not address the fundamental concerns that the advocacy community has raised for the last year and a half," said Michelle Richardson, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. "We will continue to oppose CISPA as long as the bill permits sharing of personal information, allows military agencies like the [National Security Agency] to directly collect Americans’ information, and corporate 'hack backs.'"

The House Intelligence panel passed the bill on a 18-2 vote. 

White House budget includes spectrum fees: The White House budget proposal, released on Wednesday, includes fees on spectrum license holders.

The White House said the fees, which would raise an estimated $5 billion over the next 10 years, would promote a more efficient use of spectrum.

Both the Obama administration and the Bush administration included similar spectrum user fees in previous budget proposals, although it has never been enacted into law.

In a statement, Dennis Wharton, a spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters, said his group will "strongly oppose spectrum fees that imperil the financial underpinnings of local television and the tens of millions of viewers that we serve."

The budget would allocate $8 million to monitor spectrum use by federal agencies, with the goal of auctioning off underused spectrum.

The White House would also allocate more money for cybersecurity efforts and for information technology, particularly for the Veterans Affairs Department.


ON TAP

Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Steve Womack (R-Ark.) will push for their online sales tax bill at a press conference on Thursday morning.

The House Communications and Technology subcommittee will mark up Rep. Greg Walden's (R-Ore.) Internet governance bill in the afternoon.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Net governance bill sparks partisan fight: A bill that would make it the official policy of the United States to promote Internet freedom sparked a partisan fight on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

Republicans argued the bill would send a powerful message opposing international efforts to control or censor the Internet. But Democrats warned the legislation could undermine domestic policies, such as the Federal Communications Commission's net-neutrality rules.

Rockefeller asks SEC to step up cybersecurity disclosures: Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) is urging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to require companies to reveal more information about their ability to defend against attacks on their computer systems. 

In a letter sent on Tuesday to recently confirmed SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White, Rockefeller said the agency should issue commission-level guidance to companies on their obligation to disclose cybersecurity information. He argued that investors have a right to know about cyberattacks and the steps companies are taking to protect themselves.

IRS claims it can read emails without warrant: The Internal Revenue Service has claimed that agents do not need warrants to read people's emails, text messages and other private electronic communications, according to internal agency documents.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request, released the information on Wednesday.

CEOs silent on Chamber's immigration pact: A prominent lobby group for corporate executives on Wednesday declined to weigh in on the immigration deal that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce negotiated with labor unions.

The leaders of the Business Roundtable said they were “encouraged” by the bipartisan work in Congress on a comprehensive immigration bill and hope for a “commonsense outcome.” 


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