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Downgrade is

[a] determination by an appropriate authority that (1) information may be handled at a level lower than the initial classification level or (2) matter may be handled at a level and/or category lower than the initial classification level and/or category, but in either case, not lower than Confidential.[1]
[a] determination that classified information requires, in the interest of U.S. national security, a lower degree of protection against unauthorized disclosure than currently provided, together with a changing of the classified designation to reflect such lower degree of protection.[2]

References Edit

  1. DOE Manual 470.4-7, at 21.
  2. DoD Instruction 5210.52, Encl. 2, at 12.

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