White House Questions Federal Agency Data Protection Act

The Bush administration questioned a proposed law that would force federal agencies to develop specific plans for guarding government computers and networks against "risks" posed by peer-to-peer file sharing. The Democratic-sponsored bill, called the Federal Agency Data Protection Act, contains a section asking federal agencies to report to Congress what "technological" (e.g., software and hardware) and "nontechnological" methods (such as employee polices and user training) they would employ to ensure peer-to-peer file-sharing programs do not harm the security of government systems.

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