The Internal Revenue Service has not established effective processes to ensure that its Privacy Impact Assessments are completed in a timely way, and are updated and made publicly available, with privacy policies posted on public Web sites for all required systems and collections of information, according to a new government report.
The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, noted that the Privacy Act of 1974 regulates what personal information the federal government can collect about private individuals and how that information can be used. The E-Government Act of 2002 provides additional protection for personal information by requiring agencies to conduct Privacy Impact Assessments. The PIA is a process for examining the risks and ramifications of using information technology to collect, maintain, and disseminate information about members of the public and agency employees.
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