Spy Chief Warns US Government Is Classifying Too Much Data

Over-classification of government secrets undermines national security by blocking the intelligence community's ability to share critical information. 

The federal government’s tendency to over-classify data is harming national security and “erodes the basic trust that our citizens have in their government,” according to Avril Haines, US director of National Intelligence.

Haine’s was writing  in  response two US Senate members, Ron Wyden, a Democrat and Jerry Moran, a Republican who both support  to a reform of Federal declassification system, which they think is out of date.

“It is my view that deficiencies in the current classification system undermine our national security, as well as critical democratic objectives, by impeding our ability to share information in a timely manner, be that sharing with our intelligence partners, our oversight bodies or, when appropriate, with the general public,” Haines said. 
“This reduces the Intelligence Community’s capacity to effectively support senior policymaker decision-making, and further erodes the basic trust that our citizens have in their government. It is a fundamentally important issue that we must address.”

Emerging technologies have had a direct impact on how the government classifies data. The intelligence community, comprising 18 agencies including the CIA, NSA and FBI, recently awarded  2 multi-billion-dollar cloud computing contracts in part to manage the growing deluge of data collected by those agencies. 

“The volume of classified material produced continues to grow exponentially in a digital-first environment, bringing with it the expanding burden of mandatory declassification requirements,” Haines said. In joint statements, Senators Wyden and Moran welcomed Haines’ offer to “work together” with the intelligence community. “Director Haines clearly recognises that the current broken classification system harms US national security while eroding the public’s trust in government.  The DNI has offered to work with us to reform the system and, as members of the Senate Intelligence and Appropriations Committees, we intend to do so,” the senators said.

In addition, Wyden and Moran expressed intent to “fix the executive orders that control classification and declassification... We have asked the DNI to coordinate with the National Security Council to make needed updates and we intend to reach out to the administration to address this critically important reform.” 

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