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Discussion: Privacy and Compliance

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Learning Objectives and Outcomes

· Analyze importance of privacy and compliance with the privacy regulations.

· Identify information that is protected by the Privacy Act.

Assignment Requirements

Read the worksheet named “Privacy and Compliance” and address the following:

Using what you have learned about the importance of privacy and compliance with the privacy regulations, identify information that is protected by the Privacy Act.

Main post of discussion should be at-least 250-300 words. Respond to your peers with your point of view on their answers. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ original thread posts with between 100 – 150 words for each reply.  Make sure your opinion is substantiated with valid reasons and references to the concepts covered in the course. In addition, initiate a discussion with the students who comment on your answer.

Required Resources

· Worksheet: Privacy and Compliance (ws_privacycompliance)

Self-Assessment Checklist

Use the following checklist to support your work on the assignment:

· I have engaged in a discussion of the assigned topics with at least two of my peers.

· I have raised questions and solicited peer and instructor input on the topics discussed.

· I have articulated my position clearly and logically.

· I have supported my argument with data and factual information.

· I have provided relevant citations and references to support my position on the issue discussed.

· I have compared and contrasted my position with the perspectives offered by my peers and highlighted the critical similarities and differences.

· I have solicited peer and instructor feedback on my arguments and propositions.

· I have offered a substantive and critical evaluation of my peer’s perspective on the issues that is opposite of mine, and supported my critical review with data and information.

· I have followed the submission requirements.

Privacy and Compliance

Privacy Act Information

This is any information that is covered by the Privacy Act of 1974. The act covers the collection, maintenance, and dissemination of personally identifiable information (PII) inside the federal government. Information covered in this act includes Social Security number (SSN), payroll number, information on education, financial transactions, medical history, criminal history, and employment history. This information can only be disclosed with the written consent of the subject or if the use fits into one of the following exceptions:

• By the U.S. Census Bureau or the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for statistical purposes

• Routine use within a U.S. government agency

• A document with significant historical value for archival purposes

• For law enforcement

• Congressional investigation

• Other administrative purposes

It is important to remember that this act only applies to organizations inside the federal government.

State government and private entities are not governed by the Privacy Act of 1974.

In the following table, you need to decide which information you are willing to share and if it protected by the Privacy Act of 1974.

Information TypeWilling to ShareProtected Information
Social Security number (SSN)
Browsing history
Educational records
Financial transactions
Shopping habits
Employment history
Driving record
Travel history
Medical history
Eating and drinking habits
Criminal history

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