Calif. Order Targets P2P On State Computers

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released an executive order Sept. 16 specifying that file-sharing programs on computers used by state employees or students at state-run colleges be used for

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released an executive order Sept. 16 specifying that file-sharing programs on computers used by state employees or students at state-run colleges be used for legitimate purposes.

From here on in, Schwarzenegger said, "statewide policy" is that peer-to-peer services used on campuses or government agencies cannot "threaten the security and privacy" of the information on those computers, nor can they "enable illegal dissemination and downloading of copyrighted material, including music, motion pictures, software and videogames, resulting in huge losses of revenue to the state's valuable entertainment industry."

The governor does not spell out any penalties in the new policy.

The main sections of the order state, in part:

"The State Chief Information Officer shall develop a statewide policy for use by each state agency, department, board, commission and office of the executive branch regarding the use of peer-to-peer file-sharing programs on state computers, including a prohibition of such programs that pose risks to the security and integrity of state computer systems.

"The policy shall not prohibit legitimate file-sharing between, among or within federal, state or local government entities for official business through the use of file-sharing programs that do not pose risks to the security and integrity of state computer systems or that are not used for illicit purposes.

"The State Chief Information Officer shall explore the availability and cost effectiveness of filtering, screening or blocking types of technology applicable for use on state government computers and networks.

"The statewide policy provided for in this Executive Order shall not apply to the legislative and judicial branches of government, nor shall it apply to the constitutional officers of this state. However, I invite these branches of government and the constitutional officers to adopt and implement the statewide policy."


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