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Homeland Security seeks comment on information-sharing plan

The Homeland Security Department is seeking comment on proposed rules for sharing with the government confidential information on threats to the nation’s critical infrastructure without risk of that information later being publicly disclosed. The proposed rules, published in Tuesday’s Federal Register, detail the procedures for submitting information to help the government protect physical or cyber infrastructures such as computer networks, financial systems, electric power grids or water sources. Comments are due by June 16. An estimated 80 percent of the nation’s critical infrastructure is controlled by the private sector, but the private sector has proven reluctant to share confidential information with the government because competitors could later see that information if disclosed via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Under the law that created Homeland Security, such voluntary disclosures of information are to be exempt from FOIA. Full Story

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