Tuesday, December 05, 2006

U.S. Government Issues New Privacy Guidelines

A Reuters newswire article, via InformationWeek, reports that:

The Bush administration Monday released new guidelines aimed at protecting the privacy of U.S. citizens as the government moves to enhance its sharing of information as part of post-Sept. 11 reforms.

The guidelines, approved by President Bush last month, cover a broad range of government agencies from the CIA and the Pentagon to the State Department, Homeland Security, FBI, Justice Department and state and local law enforcement.

Reforms mandated by Congress in 2004 require government agencies to create an "information sharing environment" to help protect against attacks like those that killed 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001.

Investigators concluded the Sept. 11 attacks were partly facilitated by a pronounced lack of vital information exchanges between agencies including the CIA and FBI.

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