US House passes 2nd bill to help firms fight cyberattacks

AP , Thursday 23 Apr 2015

The US House of Representatives House has passed a bill encouraging private companies to share information about cyberattacks with federal authorities in an attempt to combat the growing problem.

The bill grants protection from liability for companies that share information and follow certain procedures.

Companies have been reluctant to share internal data about cyberattacks for fear of being sued.

The House passed the bill Thursday by a vote of 355-63.

The bill is similar to one passed Wednesday by the House. The bills will now be merged and sent to the Senate, where similar legislation has bipartisan support.

The White House supports the bill but raises concerns that sweeping liability protections could grant immunity to companies that fail to act on information they receive about the security of their networks.

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