The Privacy Act of 1974 is an orphan. At a time when privacy is a hot legislative topic just about everywhere, almost no one has examined the Privacy Act, one of the oldest information privacy laws in the world. The act reflects the technologies of the 1970s, like ancient mainframe computers (that had less computer power than your smartphone) and filing cabinets filled with paper records—it’s that old.
Pam Dixon is the founder and executive director of the World Privacy Forum, a public interest research group known for its data governance and privacy research and analysis. Dixon has written groundbreaking work in the area of health, AI, identity systems, development, and data governance. She also serves as a delegate for OECD, most recently on the AI Experts Group.
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