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Agencies' efforts to protect personal information vary widely

On the one-year anniversary of the E-Government Act, some federal agencies remain ill-prepared to implement privacy provisions required by the law, analysts say. The law, signed by President Bush on Dec. 17, 2002, requires agencies to ensure that they adequately protect personal information submitted over the Internet or stored on computers. Under the law, agencies must review their privacy measures and share the results in reports to the Office of Management and Budget and Congress. Agencies submitted privacy assessments along with their fiscal 2005 budget requests, and also included privacy reviews in e-government reports due to OMB on Monday. But agencies are “all over the map” on their ability to fully comply with privacy guidelines in the E-Government Act, said Ari Schwartz, associate director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington-based advocacy group. Full Story

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