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HSD Bill Would Give Companies FOIA Protection
The exemption is intended to encourage cooperation between the public and private sectors. Proposals for FOIA protection in earlier legislation sponsored by Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah) were criticized as too broad. A spokeswoman for Bennett said the Homeland Security amendment approved last week by the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee is more narrowly crafted than exemptions offered under the earlier bill.
Exemptions would apply only to information submitted voluntarily to the Homeland Security Department, using FOIA's existing mechanism for shielding information. Records obtained independently of HSD would not be protected from public disclosure under FOIA, and information currently subject to FOIA would remain available.
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