House Committee Passes Bipartisan Government Privacy Bill
he House Judiciary Committee passed the Federal Agency Protection of Privacy Act (H.R.4561). The measure would require all agencies putting forward new rules and regulations to create a "privacy impact analysis." The bill now heads to the House floor. A similar provision was included in the E-Government Act (S.803) that passed the Senate unanimously in June. However, the Senate provision required impact assessments for newly purchased computer systems and not regulations. Therefore, both bodies will still need to act on each others proposals if they are to move forward.