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The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management has convened to consider updating the 1974 Privacy Act, The Hill reports. Subcommittee Chairman Daniel Akaka (D-HI) is sponsoring S 1732 to implement privacy protections and require federal agencies to provide public notification after experiencing a data breach. Witnesses included Mary Ellen Callahan, CIPP/US, chief privacy officer of the Department of Homeland Security; Peter Swire, CIPP/US, professor at the Ohio State University, and Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. In his final comments, Akaka said the hearing will “provide a blueprint for the next Congress” on issues that need to be addressed.
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