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White House Releases Cybersecurity Report That Builds in Privacy

CDT welcomed recommendations laid out in the Administration’s cybersecurity report released today. The recommendations show attentiveness to the concerns of privacy and civil liberties groups and a commitment by the White House to develop its cybersecurity privacy policies in a collaborative manner. CDT was most encouraged by the recommendation of a cybersecurity official being based in the White House as opposed to having NSA shoulder the primary responsibilities for critical non-military networks. The report gives the government enough flexibility to carry out its recommendations without resorting to the blunt instrument of heavy-handed regulation; however, there are many policy decisions still to come and each deserves a watchful eye. CDT also hopes for a continued commitment to the open and transparent process that guided the creation of the report.