State of Federal Privacy and Data Security Law: Lagging Behind the Times? Hearing Before the Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, July 31, 2012 [open pdf - 6MB]
From the opening statement of Daniel K. Akaka: "Today, the Subcommittee will examine the foundation for our Federal privacy and data security laws. Unfortunately, key pieces of this foundation have serious cracks that need to be fixed. The Privacy Act, a cornerstone of Federal privacy protection, was enacted way back in 1974 to respond to the increasing ease of collecting and storing personal information in computer databases. It governs how the Federal Government gathers, shares, and protects Americans' personal information. Despite dramatic technological change over the last four decades, much of the Privacy Act remains stuck in the 1970s. Many of the definitions in the Act are simply out of date and do not make sense in the current data environment. 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. I want to highlight a few specific concerns." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel K. Akaka, Ron Johnson, Thomas R. Carper, Mary Ellen Callahan, Greg Long, Greg Wilshusen, Peter Swire, Chris Calabrese, and Paul Rosenzweig.
S. Hrg. 112-662; Senate Hearing 112-662
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