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 July 3, 2009  Posted by  Govt, Laws, U.S.

Chances that Congress would enact legislation to update the 35-year-old Privacy Act this year are slipping away.

The legislation would have had to be introduced by Independence Day for it to have any chance of being enacted this year, says Ari Schwartz of the Center for Democracy and Technology, who has been working closely with lawmakers interested in updating the Privacy Act.

Schwartz, the center’s chief operating officer, predicts a bill could be introduced in September or October, meaning Congress wouldn’t vote on the legislation until next year.

A major flaw of the Privacy Act is that it doesn’t account for technologies such as the Internet that came into existence after its enactment in 1974, limiting the use by the government of some technologies.

Read more on GovInfoSecurity. The article also has some useful links and additional resources.

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