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P2P laws vs. federal employees: Which is the biggest national security threat?

P2P and national securityKeep your eyes peeled for new legislation dealing with peer-to-peer (P2P) networking, as politicians are fearful of national security threats and are considering new laws to fix the problem. See the News.com story, "Congress: P2P networks harm national security."

What's new:

Politicians call peer-to-peer networks a "national security threat" because they enable federal employees to accidentally share sensitive or classified documents.

Bottom line:

The chairman of the House Government Reform Committee said he is considering new laws aimed at addressing the problem.

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Do you agree with Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) that new laws are needed for P2P networking so that federal employees don't accidentally share sensitive or classified documents from their computers? Or are you of the mind-set that the current P2P laws are sufficient, and that federal employees are the national security threat?

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Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.

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