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NIST Releases Guidelines to Protect Personal Data

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

April 14, 2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released guidelines aimed at helping agencies safeguard personal information, Government Computer News reports. Among other recommendations, the report suggests agencies take inventory of stored personally identifiable information (PII), and develop a risk-based approach to protecting it, placing emphasis on protecting the most critical information. The report states, "All PII is not created equal," and quotes a former presidential advisor who once told Congress, "If we guard our toothbrushes and diamonds with equal zeal, we will lose fewer toothbrushes and more diamonds."
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