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President Announces Privacy Safeguards for Cybersecurity Initiative

Today, the President announced the Administration’s Cybersecurity Policy. President Obama stressed privacy protections in several aspects of the new initiative, including the selection of a privacy and civil liberties officer. Anticipating concerns that the Administration would establish new surveillance mandates, President Obama pledged that “our pursuit of cybersecurity will not -- I repeat, will not include -- monitoring private sector networks or Internet traffic. We will preserve and protect the personal privacy and civil liberties that we cherish as Americans.” For more information, see EPIC’s web pages on critical infrastructure protection and the Computer Security Act of 1987.

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