Magazine article Information Management

The Case of the Disappearing Data

Magazine article Information Management

The Case of the Disappearing Data

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The war on terrorism has taken public access to information prisoner, according to many experts. Since 9/11, the federal government has removed public access to what it has deemed to be sensitive data.

The Associated Press (AP) recently reported that the U.S. government stripped information from agency Web sites and even required federal librarians to destroy a CD-ROM on public water supplies. Researchers worry that the rush to protect national security will hurt their efforts and the public.

Last March, the White House provided government agencies with a guide to help them review information that could be "misused to harm the security of our nation and the safety of our people." Laura Kimberly, associate director for policy with the federal Information Security Oversight Office, told the AP that the memo was intended to remind agencies to examine security issues regarding government documents. "If there was a question about whether something should be declassified or not before September 11, probably the attitude was to declassify," the AP quoted her as saying. "Now, there's a more conservative approach."

Many experts say this approach has resulted in a clampdown on information that has had a chilling effect on government Web sites. …

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