Posts Tagged ‘consumer’

Retro is a “no go” when Privacy Rights are Involved

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

What do disco music, eight-track audio systems and beta videocassette tapes all have in common? They’re all examples of technologies and fads that have come and gone since the Privacy Act of 1974 was last updated.

Looking at the list above it’s painfully obvious that federal privacy standards, written during a time when “storage facility” literally referred to file cabinets, are overdue for an update in the digital era.  While the basic framework of the Privacy Act has held up well over the past 35 years, changes need to be made to insure that the advent of new technologies do not threaten to undermine the protections that have been put in place.

Today, the Center for Democracy & Technology unveiled an in-depth proposal to update the federal Privacy Act and related federal privacy policy to address the challenges of the digital age. The announcement came as part of a panel discussion featuring government and privacy leaders that coincided with the release of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s federal Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board’s report on its findings on government privacy rules. ISPAB has also called for significant changes to the existing federal privacy framework.