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Homeland Security Reviewing Policy on Handling “Sensitive” Data

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The Federal Times reports that the Department of Homeland Security is reviewing its controversial policy, adopted in May, for the handling of information designated as “sensitive but unclassified.” As part of its procedures to “protect” the information, the department requires its 180,000 employees to sign agreements not to disclose the information to anyone not designated as having a “need to know.” Government employees unions, among others, have protested the use of the non-disclosure agreements, which carry harsh penalties for non-compliance.