Obama threatens veto to cybersecurity bill

White House says Obama would veto cybersecurity bill unless changes made to protect privacy

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama would veto a House cybersecurity bill unless changes are made to protect privacy.

The information-sharing bill was heavily backed by industry lobbyists who said companies were struggling to protect their networks from foreign hackers. But privacy rights groups said the bill could leave Americans vulnerable to spying by the military.

The Obama administration says it's concerned the bill doesn't require irrelevant personal information to be removed before data is sent to the government or other companies. The White House says it's willing to work to improve the bill.

A House panel approved the measure last week and the full House is set to vote on it this week.

A similar measure last year never gained traction, and Obama eventually threatened to veto it.

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