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Progress on info-sharing threatened by changes to FOIA law

Technology and security experts are warning that a bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate could reverse critical progress made by the Bush administration in improving information-sharing between the government and private sector. Five leading Democrats, including Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and presidential hopeful Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), on March 12 introduced the Restoration of Freedom of Information Act, popularly known as the Restore FOIA Act, arguing that FOIA provisions passed last year as part of the Homeland Security Act are too broad and could undermine public access to information about the government and public health and safety. The Homeland Security Act shields from FOIA data on critical-infrastructure vulnerabilities that have been provided to the government by the private sector. Full Story

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