On Feb. 13, Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, respectively, reintroduced the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013
, as it is known, was highly controversial, and eventually withdrawn, last year. The bill, designed to make information sharing between intelligence agencies and private businesses easier, was attacked by civil libertarians. CISPA would have legally protected from prosecution any business that shared information about its customers or employees, including Facebook posts and email, with intelligence authorities. The bill was reintroduced the day after the White House released an Executive Order
on cybersecurity, which included some of the information-sharing provisions of the original CISPA bill
. The Executive Order and new version of the bill also come after several reports
of repeated hacking of Western government and corporate websites coming from the Chinese government. The House Intelligence Committee holds its first cybersecurity hearing
of the year Thu., March 14, and will discuss the bill then.