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EPIC to Congress: Privacy Act Modernization Bill Should be Stronger

In response to a request from Senator Daniel Akaka(D-HI), EPIC sent a letter explaining that S.1732, the Privacy Act Modernization for the Information Age Act of 2011, should be strengthened to ensure better privacy protection. The Privacy Act of 1974 governs federal agencies' collection, retention, and use of personally identifiable information. In October 2011, Senator Akaka proposed the Privacy Act Modernization bill, which would update the Privacy Act of 1974. EPIC's letter points out that the proposed circumstances under which agencies can disclose personal information should be narrowly tailored. EPIC also noted that certain proposed amendments in the bill insufficiently warn individuals of government security breaches affecting individuals' personal information. For more information, see EPIC: The Privacy Act of 1974.

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