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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 for anyone interested in privacy policy, it’s useful to have all of these things gathered in one place. If nothing else, it gives you an idea of the scope of the issue.

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