Privacy Matters Symposium
VA Privacy Service invites all federal employees to attend the Privacy Matters Symposium: A Conversation in Privacy on June 9th. Attendance is free. Please register online.
Net Neutrality Has Sparked an Interagency Squabble Over Internet Privacy
As part of its net neutrality regulations, the Federal Communications Commission is assigning itself the power to ensure that Internet providers such as Comcast and AT&T protect their customers' privacy.
Tim Cook on privacy and the Apple Watch retail experience
During a trip this week to Apple's European operations, CEO Tim Cook revealed a bit more about the company's position on customer privacy as well as the upcoming Apple Watch retail experience in a new interview.
Obama Pitches Privacy Bill, Democrats Say It Falls Short
Amid "rapid growth" in the collection of data on Americans, the White House recently proposed legislation that calls on businesses to do more to help consumers protect their personal information.
VA Privacy Service is responsible for overseeing, directing and establishing the long and short-term goals for VA’s Enterprise Privacy Program. As the impact of privacy issues increase, Privacy Service identifies privacy needs and implements strategies to meet those needs. We advise senior officials concerning data management and the feasibility of the Department’s privacy priorities and implementation plans. We work to ensure compliance with Federal and VA-specific privacy requirements. Also, we ensure the attainment of Department-wide privacy objectives in the overall VA planning, programming, and budgeting process.
Overseeing and directing VA’s privacy program activities including but not limited to conformance to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, COMSEC regulations, non-disclosure statutes, OMB guidance on computer cookies, OMB Circular A-130, Government Paperwork Elimination Act, user authentication, insider threat, and identity theft ...
When VA collects personal data from an individual, VA will inform him or her of the intended uses of the data, the disclosures that will be made, the authorities for the data’s collection, and whether the collection is mandatory or voluntary. VA will collect no data subject to the Privacy Act unless a Privacy Act system notice has been published in the Federal Register and posted on the VA Systems of Records website