Privacy: Congress Should Consider Alternatives for Strengthening Protection of Personally Identifiable Information

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Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Concerns have been raised about the privacy and security of personal information in light of advances in information technology and the increasingly sophisticated ways in which the government obtains and uses information. Federal agencies' use of personal information is governed by the Privacy Act of 1974 and the E-Government Act of 2002, while the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provides implementation guidance and oversight. These laws and guidance are based on the Fair Information Practices, a set of widely accepted principles for protecting privacy. GAO was asked ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. June 18, 2008.

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Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Concerns have been raised about the privacy and security of personal information in light of advances in information technology and the increasingly sophisticated ways in which the government obtains and uses information. Federal agencies' use of personal information is governed by the Privacy Act of 1974 and the E-Government Act of 2002, while the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provides implementation guidance and oversight. These laws and guidance are based on the Fair Information Practices, a set of widely accepted principles for protecting privacy. GAO was asked to testify on its report, being released today, concerning the sufficiency of privacy protections afforded by existing laws and guidance. To do this, GAO analyzed privacy laws and guidance, compared them with the Fair Information Practices, and obtained perspectives from federal agencies as well as an expert forum."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Privacy: Congress Should Consider Alternatives for Strengthening Protection of Personally Identifiable Information, text, June 18, 2008; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc292543/: accessed November 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.