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Cyber Info Sharing Bill Includes DHS, DOJ Clearinghouse Roles

Capitol_BuildingLegislation that moved through the House Thursday designates the departments of Homeland Security and Justice as clearinghouses of digital data the government and private companies would share on cyber threats.

The House approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act by a 288-127 vote, nearly a year after the House passed it originally before it died in the Senate, Reuters reports.

Supporters of the bill include the wireless trade association CTIA, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and TechNet, which represents technology companies such as Apple, Cisco, Google and Yahoo.

Laura Lucas, a spokeswoman for the White House’s National Security Council, said Thursday the bill does not address the White House’s concerns regarding privacy protection.

The White House wants to help both parties develop legislation that would build on the House’s bill and move it through the Senate, she said, according to Reuters.

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