FPF Senior Fellow Peter Swire testified as part of today’s Senate Hearing on the “State of Federal Privacy and Data Security Law: Lagging Behind the Time.” The Hearing, held by the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management; the Federal Workforce; and the District of Columbia, aimed to address the privacy-related challenges facing federal agencies today.
Professor Swire’s testimony focused on four key proposals to help the government address various privacy concerns:
- The Senate Should Promptly Confirm the Five Nominees for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
- There is an important loophole in the Privacy Act, but the problem can best be addressed by changes to the E-Government Act.
- The oversight process should focus more attention on the line between identified and de-identified data in federal agencies.
- Professor Swire is working with the Future of Privacy Forum this year on identifying good practices for de-identification in the online setting
Professor Swire’s full testimony is available here.