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Freedom of Information Act

Cybersecurity bill would add secrecy to public records laws

Richard Burr, Dianne Feinstein

A proposed law meant to encourage companies to share information about cyberthreats with the U.S. government includes measures that could significantly limit what details, if any, the public can review about the program through federal and state public records laws.

The legislation — already passed with broad bipartisan support in both houses of Congress but not yet finalized — would keep secret any information a company hands over to the Obama administration under a new cybersecurity agreement, including specifics the firms decide themselves shouldn't be disclosed. It's not clear whether that secrecy would extend to learning whether particular companies are even...