Privacy Impact Assessments and E-Gov’t

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 19, 2004

Federal government agencies are required to conduct privacy impact assessments (PIAs) and make them available to the public, according to Section 208 of the E-Government Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-347, 44 USC Ch. 36, 44 USC 3501). As the increasingly routine process of government collection of personal data results in the creation of larger databases, OMB has determined that most agencies have encountered considerable challenges in the process of migrating to enhanced IT systems and securing private data.

  • An example of an agency Privacy Impact Assessment template is provided by the SBA, and for further reference, here is a pdf version of the Privacy Impact Assessment for FERC Online.
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