Compliance Management, Government Regulations, Network Security

P2P ban bill gets House approval, on to Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed legislation that would restrict the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) software on federal computers. The Secure Federal File Sharing Act, introduced by Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., bans the "recreational" use of file-sharing software on federal systems and networks, including those owned by government contractors. The federal Office of Management and Budget must approve other uses in a case-by-case basis. The bill, which the U.S. Senate now will consider, comes in response to several incidents of sensitive documents being exposed in federal file-sharing networks. — DK

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