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Senate Hearing Reviews 1974 Privacy Act Proposals

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 31, 2012

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management has convened to consider updating the 1974 Privacy Act, The Hill reports. Subcommittee Chairman Daniel Akaka (D-HI) is sponsoring S 1732 to implement privacy protections and require federal agencies to provide public notification after experiencing a data breach. Witnesses included Mary Ellen Callahan, CIPP/US, chief privacy officer of the Department of Homeland Security; Peter Swire, CIPP/US, professor at the Ohio State University, and Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. In his final comments, Akaka said the hearing will “provide a blueprint for the next Congress” on issues that need to be addressed.
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