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FOIA News: New FOIA exemption at stake in cybersecurity bill fight

FOIA News (2015-16)Kevin SchmidtComment

New FOIA exemption at stake in cybersecurity bill fight

By Josh Gerstein, Politico, June 11, 2015

As POLITICO reported in April, the Senate Intelligence Committee-passed version of the cyber bill advanced by McConnell Wednesday would add a new, tenth exemption to FOIA covering all "information shared with or provided to the Federal Government" under the new measure.

The bill would also mandate that the government withhold from the public "cyber threat indicators and defensive measures" that companies or individuals share with authorities.

The provisions are designed to encourage companies to share information with the government about attacks on their computer systems so that officials can build a viable defense of both public and private sector networks and data pools currently vulnerable to hackers from abroad.

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