Wednesday, August 1, 2012

ACLU: Privacy Act Is 'Outdated,' Contains 'Major Loopholes'

Smith, Gerry. "ACLU: Privacy Act Is 'Outdated,' Contains 'Major Loopholes'." Huffington Post, July 31, 2012.

From the article:  "A federal law passed nearly 40 years ago to control how the government collects information on Americans contains "major loopholes" that infringe on citizens' privacy, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney testified Tuesday.

At a Senate hearing, Christopher Calabrese, legislative counsel for the ACLU, said the Privacy Act needs to be updated since it passed in 1974…. The federal government collects a wide array of data on Americans for purposes ranging from voter registration to issuing business licenses. The law outlines how their data can be collected and used, and requires the government to keep secure and accurate records. But Calabrese said the law no longer provides adequate protection with the growing use of computer databases to store personal information." Read more

See also
Akaka, Daniel, K. and Carper, Thomas R. Statements to Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia on July 31, 2012. "State of Federal Privacy and Data Security Law: Lagging Behind the Times?"