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Commerce Department Calls for Voluntary Cybersecurity Codes

Business groups welcomed the Commerce Department’s call for voluntary codes of conduct to keep information safe on the Internet.

The 75-page document released Wednesday is slim on hard details. Instead, the report urges businesses that aren’t “critical infrastructure” to study the possibilities and agree on some common approaches. That played well with businesses, who oppose heavy regulation; and privacy advocates, who fear government overreach.