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The General Assembly has passed legislation restricting Freedom of Information Act requests regarding cybersecurity.

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By Cort Olsen

The General Assembly has passed legislation restricting Freedom of Information Act requests regarding cybersecurity. Senate Bill 1129 was approved unanimously by the House on Thursday.

The bill, which passed the Senate unanimously on February 5th, extends FOIA exemptions to “plans and information to prevent or respond to terrorist activity or cyber attacks, the disclosure of which would jeopardize the safety of any person.”

The legislation also would exempt from disclosure “information not lawfully available to the public regarding specific cybersecurity vulnerabilities or security plans and measures of an entity, facility, network, software program, or system.”

Those exemptions would be added to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Existing FOIA exemptions include the identity of victims related to a rape case, structural designs of buildings, school safety audits, mental health assessments and records of hospitals and nursing homes.

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