Letter: P-R-I-V-A-C-Y

Regarding "Privacy Act II" (FCW.com, July 25): The experts in the article know but apparently didn't say that the Privacy Act or any other associated law or policy is only as strong as the mindset of those implementing and enforcing it.

It is clear the current administration cannot spell privacy and certainly has done nothing to promote it. Rather, at every turn, it has been more of a what can we get away with -- what does the law not expressly prohibit?  Never did I hear nor was I asked, what should we do, what is the right thing to do, how can we promote this better?

It'll be interesting to see how the next administration handles privacy.

Glenn Schlarman

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

Reader comments

Tue, Jul 29, 2008 Jay Logan

Personally, I have no interest in giving privacy rights to terrorists, those aiding terrorists, and other criminals. I see this administration having the same ideal. I do have a big problem with all the hypocrites who are trying to give more privacy to criminal behavior while trying to control the private behavior of law-abiding citizens just because it may not be politically correct. When I see liberals espousing privacy rights it is usually for protecting criminal behavior but they have no problem trying to strip away the privacy of their poliyical opponents no matter if they are elected officials, private citizens or somewhere in between.

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