n. ~ The process of removing the security classification from a record or other information asset.
- EO 13526 (†787 § 6.1): The authorized change in the status of information from classified information to unclassified information.
- OED Concise 10th (†440 s.v. "declassify"): Officially declare (information or documents) to be no longer secret.
- Reitz 2004 (†763 p. 204): A document no longer protected against unauthorized disclosure because the security classification assigned to maintain confidentiality has been officially changed or cancelled. The opposite of classified.
- EO 13526 (†787 § 3.1): Information shall be declassified as soon as it no longer meets the standards for classification under this order. (†2015)