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Report: Law Poses Security Risks, Could Violate Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 4, 2013

A report by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) says a law requiring the personal financial information of 28,000 federal workers to be posted online poses a national security risk and could violate privacy, USA TODAY reports. The STOCK Act requires the data be available online by April 15 for public searching, sorting and downloading. NAPA concludes that transparency “does not necessarily equate to unrestricted accessibility when it comes to thousands of federal employees’ sensitive financial information,” and “considerations must be made for balancing transparency and privacy needs appropriately and in a way that does not expose federal employees to unnecessary risk.”
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