Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Regulation of Drones

Surveys the rules that apply to the operation of civilian drones in thirteen countries and the European Union including concerns about public safety, privacy, and national security. From the Law Library of Congress


Privacy Act of 1974 : Implementation [and The Next Generation Identification System]

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology

Notice of proposed rulemaking that seeks to exempt the FBI’s Next Generation Identification System from provisions of the Privacy Act.  The action would screen a national database of fingerprints and biometric identifiers from lawsuits based on Privacy Act violations.  From the Federal Register and the Government Publishing Office’s GovInfo system.


The U.S. Intelligence Community: Selected Cross-Cutting Issues

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Secrecy,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence

Focuses on management issues that affect the Intelligence Community’s ability to counter pervasive and emerging threats.  Describes 8 issues of importance including a policy of continuous evaluation as a substitute for polygraph tests to monitor employee behavior and reliability.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems Aviation Rulemaking Committee Recommendations: Final Report

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology,Transportation

Report from a federally-commissioned panel which recommends that commercial small drones be allowed to fly over populated areas.  Federal rules currently ban such flights, due to concerns about privacy and safety, especially near airports.  From the Federal Aviation Administration


Department of Homeland Security Privacy Office 2015 Freedom of Information Act Report

Categories: Govt Information,Homeland Security,Privacy

Claims a 66% reduction in the backlog of FOIA requests over the past year and that DHS receives the largest number of FOIA requests of any federal agency. From the Department of Homeland Security


Chairman Wheeler’s Proposal to Give Broadband Consumers Increased Choice, Transparency and Security with Respect to their Data

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

A proposal that would apply the privacy requirements of the Communications Act to broadband Internet access services. Includes ISP’s duty to keep data secure, data breaches, and consumers’ right to know. From the Federal Communications Commission


2015 Data Mining Report to Congress

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

Describes the activities, technology, and methods used by federal security officials, the sources of data used, the results of the activity, legal authorities supporting it, and the impact on citizen privacy. From the Department of Homeland Security


Encryption: Selected Legal Issues

Provides background to the current encryption debate, including a primer on encryption basics, an overview of Apple, Google, and Facebook encryption policies, an overview of the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, and a survey of case law at the Supreme Court and lower levels relating to compelled disclosure of encrypted information. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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