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Talks of Expanding Federal Internet Monitoring Raise Concerns

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

March 5, 2010

Department of Homeland Security discussions about extending use of its Einstein technology for detecting and preventing electronic attacks on federal networks into the private sector is raising privacy concerns, CNET reports. While few details are known about Einstein, the report states that the White House has confirmed the technology shares information with the National Security Agency to thwart attacks. "It's one thing for the government to monitor its own systems for malicious code and intrusions," says Greg Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology. "It's quite another for the government to monitor private networks for those intrusions." Greg Schaffer, assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications, suggests, however, that it can be done in a privacy-sensitive manner.
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