It’s all grown up; my how time flies. The Privacy Act turned 40 this year. To celebrate, Georgetown Law’s freshly launched Center on Privacy and Technology held a birthday party of sorts. Well, a birthday party where the guest is partly celebrated but mostly roasted by all of its friends and foes and then told how it can improve. But who doesn’t love a good roast? The event featured an all-star roster of panelists who discussed how the law came to be and why it was so desperately needed 40 years ago, as well as the ways its provisions now fail to protect Americans thanks to technology, the ascension of big data and some pretty sneaky workarounds created to circumvent the law’s prohibitions.
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