EU: European Commission extends security code and vetting to private sector contracts and agreements

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The main security code, adopted in 2001, covers classified documents handled by Commission and member state officials and external contractors in member states (2001 security code, pdf). This new measure extends the scope to cover contract or agreement made by the Commission itself. It will cover industry and universities where they handle classified documents ("Confidential" and above, or as decided at national level "Restricted" or above). Each member state will designate a "National Security Authority" (NSA) and all staff involved in a contract (or bid) will be subject to "Personnel Security Clearance" (PSC). The timing of this measure may have something to do with EU plans for developing a industrial-security complex, see: Arming Big Brother: new research reveals the European security-industrial complex (pdf)

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