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Report Recommends Legal Protections for Sharing Threat Info

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 19, 2012

A report written by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Homeland Security Project says many organizations do not share data with the government for fear of legal consequences, reports CNET News. The report recommends that Congress put in place protections for organizations sharing cybersecurity threat data, such as malicious IP addresses, with the government. It also recommends that state breach laws be unified into one federal law and punitive lawsuits be eliminated. The Electronic Privacy Information Center’s Marc Rotenberg opposed the report, saying it’s a step backwards in privacy law and creates immunities for companies that assist the government. “If companies don't like complying with privacy obligations, perhaps they should not collect so much personal information," he said.
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