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Rule provides liability protection for anti-terror technologies

The Homeland Security Department Friday will publish a proposed rule designed to accelerate the development of anti-terrorism technologies. Mandated by the law that created the department, the rule will protect companies from massive lawsuits in the event such technologies fail to prevent another terrorist attack. A copy of the rule began circulating around Washington on Thursday. In it, the department notes twin aims: to produce “as much certainty as possible regarding the application of the liability protections,” and “provide the department with sufficient program flexibility” to address individual cases that may arise. Under the rule, companies can apply to have certain products and services qualified as anti-terrorism technologies. Once given that stamp of approval by the Homeland Security Department, firms will have liability protection in the event that their technology fails before or during a terrorist attack—assuming the failure was not based on negligent behavior. The liability protection extends to technologies used by federal, state or local governments, as well as the private sector. Full Story

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