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Classified Information

Statutory Law

10 U.S.C. § 948a(2) (Title 10—Chapter 47A: Military Commissions)

In this chapter [10 U.S.C. §§ 948a et seq.]:
   (2) Classified information. The term "classified information" means the following:
      (A) Any information or material that has been determined by the United States Government pursuant to statute, Executive order, or regulation to require protection against unauthorized disclosure for reasons of national security.
      (B) Any restricted data, as that term is defined in section 11 y. of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2014(y)).

10 U.S.C. § 1513 (7) (2010) (Title 10—Chapter 76: Missing Persons)

In this chapter [10 U.S.C. §§ 1501 et seq.]: (7) The term "classified information" means any information the unauthorized disclosure of which (as determined under applicable law and regulations) could reasonably be expected to damage the national security.”

18 U.S.C. Appx § 1 (a) (2010) (Title 18—Appendix: Classified Information Procedures Act)

“Classified information”, as used in this Act, means any information or material that has been determined by the United States Government pursuant to an Executive order, statute, or regulation, to require protection against unauthorized disclosure for reasons of national security and any restricted data, as defined in paragraph r. of section 11 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2014(y)).

50 U.S.C. § 426(1) (2010) (Title 50—Chapter 15: National Security--Subchapter D: Protection of Certain National Security Information)

For the purposes of this title [50 U.S.C. §§ 421 et seq.]:
   (1) The term "classified information" means information or material designated and clearly marked or clearly represented, pursuant to the provisions of a statute or Executive order (or a regulation or order issued pursuant to a statute or Executive order), as requiring a specific degree of protection against unauthorized disclosure for reasons of national security.

50 U.S.C. § 438(2) (2010) (Title 50—Chapter 15: National Security--Subchapter F: Access to Classified Information)

For purposes of this title [50 U.S.C. §§ 435 et seq.]—
   (2) the term "classified information" means any information that has been determined pursuant to Executive Order No. 12356 of April 2, 1982, or successor orders, or the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, to require protection against unauthorized disclosure and that is so designated;

50 U.S.C. § 834 (2010) (Title 50—Chapter 23: Internal Security—Personnel security Procedures in National Security Agency)

Definition of "classified information"

For the purposes of this section, the term "classified information" means information which, for reasons of national security, is specifically designated by a United States Government agency for limited or restricted dissemination or distribution.

50 U.S.C. § 2471(3) (2010) (Title 50—Chapter 41: National Nuclear Security Administration)

For purposes of this title:
   (3) The term "classified information" means any information that has been determined pursuant to Executive Order No. 12333 of December 4, 1981 (50 U.S.C. 401 note), Executive Order No. 12958 of April 17, 1995 (50 U.S.C. 435 note), or successor orders, to require protection against unauthorized disclosure and that is so designated.

Administrative Law

Executive Order 12958, Classified National Security Information, § 6.1(h) (1995) (superseded)

“Classified national security information” or “classified information” means information that has been determined pursuant to this order or any predecessor order to require protection against unauthorized disclosure and is marked to indicate its classified status when in documentary form.