What is the Privacy Act?
The Privacy Act of 1974 was the first statute to embed fair information practice principles into law, 35 years ago. While the Act has remained a mostly effective effort to insure that the government is treating the privacy of individuals as a leading concern, it is no longer as effective as it once was. As technology has changed and databases have progressed, the limitations of the Act and barriers to oversight have become more significant. The E-Government Act and Chief Privacy Officers were created to address certain failures, but others remain and experience with these two efforts have shown areas where they too can be improved.
What CDT Has Done So Far
CDT has explored these issues in detail and created a working group of public interest groups, government representatives and industry to develop suggestions to address them. We drafted The E-Privacy Act Amendments of 2009 in an effort to collect these ideas and offer them for public comment through this Website. In addition, we have included a plain language description of these amendments, along with a set of pages showing the changes that this bill would make to the Privacy Act and changes that this bill would make to the E-Government Act within the context of the original text of each act.
You can help us by providing edits to the draft and discussing what you like and don't like about our draft and the edits of others in the following community wiki broken down by title:
As of July 18th, the public draft has been locked for editing. Thanks to all contributors for their work on this audacious project.
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Using the Privacy Act Wiki
You may see edits others have made by hovered over the "more" button and selecting "changes." Discuss a section or the Act as a whole with your peers by clicking the "discuss" button.
If you don't want your comments to show up in the wiki, but you want to send them to CDT to be included, please email your edits and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.