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    Federal News Radio: Privacy not taking back seat to security, cyberchief says

    Federal News Radio reports on remarks concerning privacy by White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt.

    “The thing I think should never be lost in our discussion is the discussion about privacy,” says Schmidt Wednesday at the State of the Net Conference in Washington. “I’ve said for a long time privacy and security are two sides of the same coin. Very clearly, without security, we have no privacy. Data protection is key to the things we’re going to do. As I was going through and discussing with leadership coming into this position, I always made sure we had a discussion about privacy.”

    He adds that there is a person in his office of 10 dedicated to privacy.

    Schmidt, who made his first public speech Wednesday since starting as cybersecurity coordinator a week ago, spent most of his time talking about how he will help agencies and the private sector improve cybersecurity. But throughout his speech, he made it clear that privacy and civil liberties would not play second fiddle to network and computer security. […]

    Schmidt received high marks from privacy experts for his speech. Greg Nojeim, director of the project on freedom, security and technology for the Center for Democracy and Technology, says it was very important for Schmidt to discuss privacy right out of the gate and put to rest any idea that this isn’t a focus for him or the administration.

    “It was heartening to hear the President’s cybersecurity coordinator put privacy front and center in one of his first talks about his new role,” says Nojeim, who was at the speech. “He equated privacy with security and showed how increasing security can help with privacy.”

    Nojeim also was pleased to see Schmidt talk about privacy, security and innovation. Many times technology experts don’t see how those three can fit together.

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