posted Jun 21, 2001

Legislation urged to protect corporate data Misc.6/21/2001; 8:52:39 AM A lot of littler interesting tidbits in this article. The one they picked as the lead story isn't even particularly interesting. I was most amused by this one:'In other testimony, trade group officials said legislation is needed to keep corporate security data that's shared with government agencies from becoming public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). '"Companies worry that if information sharing with the government really becomes a two-way street, FOIA requests for information they have provided to an agency could prove embarrassing or costly," said Harris Miller, president of the Information Technology Association of America, an industry trade group in Arlington, Va.'That would be a novel, if slow, way of getting your competitor's secrets... charge them with something criminal, get the government to confiscate the secrets you are interested in, then file an FOIA request to obtain them. I suppose they're right to be concerned.Still, I don't see why this can't be written to apply to everybody, not just "corporations". A person shouldn't be subjected to that either.


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