Federal Privacy Council launches toolkit for hiring privacy pros

The U.S. Federal Privacy Council has launched a new toolkit aimed at assisting federal agency human resources staff and hiring managers in understanding the new world of federal government privacy, making decisions about which types of positions they should use in their privacy offices, designing federal privacy positions, then conducting recruitment and selection activities.  This toolkit contains hiring authorities and flexibilities, template position descriptions and job opportunity announcements, interview questions, and much more.
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White House issues gov't-wide breach notification protocols

OMB released both a guidance on how government agencies must prepare-for and respond-to data breaches as well as how to comply with the Privacy Act in these modern times. OMB Senior Privacy Advisor Marc Groman, CIPP/US, told Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, the breach-notification guidance updates a 10-year-old document, revising it to require that agencies take a risk-based approach, and responds to a new, more dangerous threat-landscape. Read More

What you need to know about A-130


This past July, the Office of Management and Budget released a revision of Circular A-130. Circular A-130: Managing Information as a Strategic Resource is comprised of a wide range of policy updates for federal agencies regarding cybersecurity, information governance, privacy, records management, open data and acquisitions. The new guidance requires every federal agency to appoint a senior agency official for privacy, provide privacy training, conduct PIAs, maintain an inventory of PII, and actively limit the collection, use, storage, and processing of PII.

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Circular A-130: Managing Information as a Strategic Resource

OMB Guidance on Senior Agency Officials for Privacy

White House  A-130 Announcement

U.S. gov’t is changing how it does privacy


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U.S. Government  (IAPP member login required)
Understand the ins and outs of government privacy, plus get tools, guidance and resources from the experts.

Privacy Impact Assessment  (IAPP member login required)
Brush up on conducting PIAs with insight, templates and automated tolls available only to IAPP members.

Links to the texts of the major public-sector privacy laws and requirements:

The Privacy Act of 1974

The e-Government Act

Circular A-130: Managing Information as a Strategic Resource

M-17-12: Preparing for and Responding to a Breach of Personally Identifiable Information

Privacy guidance and resources straight from the regulatory agencies:

Department of Justice Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties

Department of Homeland Security

National Institute of Standards and Technology Computer Security Division 

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Office of Management and Budget Privacy Guidance

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

For more privacy tools, research, insight and templates, check out the IAPP Resource Center.

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Privacy Law Fundamentals 2017 ready for pre-order

PLF17Written by Daniel Solove and Paul Schwartz, this fourth edition of Privacy Law Fundamentals incorporates extensive developments in privacy law and offers an introductory chapter summarizing key new laws, cases and enforcement actions. Privacy Law Fundamentals delivers vital information in a concise and digestible manner. It includes key provisions of privacy statutes; leading cases; tables summarizing the statutes (private rights of action, preemption, liquidated damages, etc.); summaries of key state privacy laws; an overview of FTC enforcement actions; and answers to frequently asked questions.
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U.S. Federal Agency Privacy Impact Assessment Templates

New to the IAPP-OneTrust PIA Platform

Based on templates published by the Department of Homeland Security, OneTrust has created ready-made privacy threshold assessments and privacy impact assessment specifically for U.S. federal agencies. Watch this demo and then head over to the IAPP Resource Center to access the tool, available exclusively to IAPP members. (IAPP member login required.)

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Whether you’re a government employee, or a vendor, supplier or consultant serving government clients, the IAPP U.S. Government Section is for you. This is the best place for you and your peers to stay up to date on issues relating to U.S. government privacy laws, regulations and policies, or anything else pertaining to privacy at the federal government level.

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