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A major piece of cybersecurity legislation is set for passage as part of the omnibus spending bill making its way through Congress this week. Privacy advocates expressed their dismay on Monday.

"Now is when we'll find out whether President Obama really cares about the Internet and freedom of speech, or whether he's happy to roll over and allow technologically illiterate members of Congress break the Internet in the name of cybersecurity," Evan Greer, campaign director of the "Fight for the Future" coalition, said in a statement.

The 19-member coalition, which is comprised of companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft, also launched a petition calling on President Obama to veto the legislation if it makes it to his desk.

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