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Senators, Experts: 1974 Privacy Act Is Out of Date

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 1, 2012

At a Senate subcommittee hearing yesterday, Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) said “much of the Privacy Act remains stuck in the 1970s,” and, “As a result, the act is difficult to interpret and apply, and it provides inconsistent protection to the massive amount of personal information in the hands of the government,” the NationalJournal reports. Akaka has introduced legislation to update the act, which includes a provision creating a federal chief privacy officer (CPO). At the hearing, Ohio State University Law Professor Peter Swire, CIPP/US, urged Congress to appoint members to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and Department of Homeland Security CPO Mary Ellen Callahan, CIPP/US, discussed her agency’s privacy efforts.
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