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Akaka Introduces Bill To Update Privacy Act

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

October 19, 2011

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) has introduced a bill to amend the Privacy Act of 1974. This Daily Dashboard exclusive looks at the Privacy Act Modernization for the Information Age of 2011, which would create a federal chief privacy officer at the Office of Management and Budget and a government-wide Chief Privacy Officers Council. It would also seek to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in Doe v. Chao, "which held that an individual has to show actual damages resulted from an intentional or willful improper disclosure of personal information in order to receive an award." In addition, the bill would "tighten requirements for agency controls," update penalties for violations "to reflect similar penalties in other laws" and expand investigative tools to more government agencies, among other measures.  
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