DOD Proposes to Increase Protections for Personally Identifiable Information

October 2, 2013

DOD Proposes to Increase Protections for Personally Identifiable Information

On August 22, 2013, DOD issued a proposed rule to update the DOD Privacy Program by increasing the protections for personally identifiable information (PII) accessible by DOD personnel and contractors. The proposed rule would expand DOD’s current policies by limiting the availability of records containing PII to contractors who have a “need to know” in order to perform their duties, minimizing the collection of PII to information that is relevant and necessary to accomplish a DOD purpose and prohibiting the unlawful possession, collection, or disclosure of PII even when it is not within a system of records. Additionally, the proposed rule would impose more stringent training requirements on DOD contractors to ensure their employees are aware of the Privacy Program’s policies and to take the necessary steps to safeguard PII. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by October 21, 2013. (78 Fed. Reg. 52117, 8/22/2013.)     






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