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The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the program review is ongoing, said it would be helpful if Congress would pass legislation that explicitly says DHS is responsible for helping private sector companies protect themselves against cyberattack. Also, the legislation should say that companies can be protected from certain privacy and other laws in order to share information with the government for cybersecurity purposes, the official said.
Yes, it is good for the US to be able to protect utilities and the power grid.
But protecting companies from privacy laws so that they can share their information with the government? Seems a bit Orwellian to us.