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-Spencer L. Simons, former Director, O'Quinn Law Library and Associate Professor of Law
Thursday, November 17, 2016
The Federal Privacy Council Law Library
Back in February,
President Obama issued an executive
order establishing the Federal Privacy Council (FPC), defined as “the
principal interagency forum to improve the Government privacy practices of
agencies and entities acting on their behalf.” Given the amount of private
information handled by the federal government—everything from medical records
to income tax returns—it makes sense for agencies to coordinate their efforts
to keep that information secure.
From a legal researcher's perspective, one of the
more interesting developments to come out of the FPC is the creation of its Law Library, a compilation of laws,
regulations, and supplemental materials pertaining to “the creation,
collection, use, processing, storage, maintenance, dissemination, disclosure,
and disposal of personally identifiable information (PII) by departments and
agencies within the Federal Government.” The Law
Library's resources are not new—the site consists mostly of links to other government websites—but
scope of the issue.