The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) was passed on Oct. 27.
CISA was passed by the senate despite opposition from many big tech companies, privacy activists and even some lawmakers, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
This bill allegedly will make it easier for companies that feel victimized by high profile hacking to report the incident to the government and will protect them from lawsuits.
The bill will make information on cyber attacks available for government access, which was previously considered private.
Although the bill has a large group opposed to it, it is supported by the White House, according to Reutors.
“The bill would grant legal immunity to companies who in sharing information actually violate your privacy,” said Republican Senator, Rand Paul.
Previous versions of CISA have been proposed for some time now, but was always pushed aside due to negative feedback, according to wired.com
People fear this bill will disguise new ways the government will keep an eye on the public with the excuse that it is all for security precautions, according to Wired.
“Any version of CISA passed by the Senate would have to be reconciled with the House bill before it could be sent to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law,” according to Reutors.