In 1974, Congress passed the Privacy Act that governs the collection and use of vital personal information. Over the years, other laws were added to supplement the Privacy Act such as the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (2003) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (1996). But recently, lawmakers have been calling for a major update of this 38-year-old legislation.
Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) argued that the current state of the Privacy Act has been unable to keep up with leaps in technology. Since this was signed into law at a time when electronic backup wasn’t prevalent yet, there are now new challenges for its enforcement in the digital age. Even if document shredding in Los Angelestakes care of your sensitive details, you may still be in danger of inadvertently divulging personal data that are made available in other forms. Indeed, something needs to be done.
Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union, also argued that the existing privacy legislation is outdated. He argued that the Privacy Act of 1974 contains so many loopholes that agencies can exploit by marking most personal data as “routine.” This means that the information can be disclosed by agencies without prior consent from the owner.
Los Angeles document shredding aims to keep personal data safe by getting rid of the paper copies once the data has been uploaded in electronic storage. But with these loopholes in the Privacy Act, shredding under such conditions isn’t exactly ideal. As of this writing, Akaka is in the process of endorsing a few amendments to the Privacy Act.
Akaka’s revisions to the Privacy Act will include an updated list on the details federal agencies are allowed to disclose. The revisions also seek to require agencies to inform clients of any incidence of information breach or when the agencies deem it necessary for a lawful purpose. With the amendments, document destruction, in general, should be more secure than ever.
Read the full story on the ongoing endorsement of amendments to the Privacy Act at NationalJournal.com. As of today, the proposal, along with a few others, is still pending with the U.S. Senate.
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