Barr bill requires privacy impact statements

| 4/26/2002

U.S. Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) has introduced bipartisan legislation to protect Americans from unjustified or unintended invasions of privacy. Groups ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to the National Rifle Association joined to support the measure.

Barr said the legislation, The Federal Agency Protection of Privacy Act, requires federal agencies to include a privacy impact analysis with proposed regulations circulated for public notice and comment.

"All Americans deserve to know how new rules or regulations passed by the government will affect their right to privacy," Barr said.

The bill also allows individuals to see and correct data, and assures that data will be protected and only used for the stated purposes.