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Fed Privacy Regs Confuse State Agencies

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

February 22, 2013

GovInfoSecurity reports on a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) examining selected state and local agencies employing automated data sharing systems for improving various management processes. The report identifies challenges to data sharing based on differing interpretations of federal privacy requirements. A GAO representative said, “Potential inconsistencies in federal privacy requirements that apply to data sharing across multiple programs are a challenge.” Recommendations from state and local agencies include clarifying and harmonizing federal requirements, creating model sharing agreements and reexamining requirements to ensure consistency among privacy rules.
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