Administration pares cyber-security plan

Wednesday, 11 September 2002, 12:59 AM EST

As the White House moves to finalize a national plan to better secure cyberspace, high-tech firms and other companies are continuing a furious campaign to have some recommendations struck from the document.

The administration no longer plans to recommend that Internet service providers such as America Online, MSN and EarthLink bundle firewall and other security technology with their software. Instead, it will ask ISPs to "make it easier" for home users to get access to such protections.

It also does not plan to recommend that a privacy czar be appointed to oversee how companies make use of their customers' personal information, according to several people involved in drafting the document.

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