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State Dept.'s top cyber official rejects call for 'Digital Geneva Convention'

By Rick Weber / April 25, 2017

The State Department's cybersecurity coordinator, Christopher Painter, dismissed calls for an international treaty on protecting and handling data, arguing such a push would restrict United States' options for developing global partnerships in countering cyber aggressors.

“It misses the mark,” Painter said in a response to a question about a recent proposal for a Digital Geneva Convention at the International Conference on Cyber Engagement at Georgetown University on Monday.

Painter dismissed the proposal as “not a new idea,” and said it...

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