The search giant who yesterday revealed its Q1 2012 lobbying spending (of $5 million) acknowledged that it is working on a controversial cybersecurity bill name as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). Google spokeswoman said: “We think this is an important issue and we’re watching the process closely but we haven’t taken a formal position on any specific legislation.”
The bill’s author, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), told The Hill last week that Google has been “supportive” of CISPA. The company has eight lobbyists working on the category of issues, including former Rep. Susan Molinari (R-N.Y.) and Pablo Chavez, Google’s director of public policy and a former aide to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) The disclosure form lists CISPA along with 10 other consumer issues that Google is lobbying on. CISPA is scheduled for a vote in the House this week.
If in case you do not know, other supporters of CISPA includes: Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Symantec, AT&T and Verizon.