March 26, 2020 / 3:07 PM / 7 days ago

Need to balance transparency with security, privacy on coronavirus: U.S. Navy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Acting U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said on Thursday that there was a need to balance transparency with operational security and privacy concerns, after Reuters reported that the U.S. military has decided it will stop providing some of the more granular data about coronavirus infections within its ranks.

Modly, speaking during a news conference, was asked about a Reuters report on the topic. He said the Navy would follow the direction of the Defense Secretary but his opinion was that more transparency was “probably the best path.”

Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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