Watchdog Faults EPA On Worker, Contractor Privacy Protocols

Law360, New York (February 25, 2014, 8:02 PM EST) -- An internal U.S. Environmental Protection Agency watchdog trashed its information security on Monday, reporting that employees and contractors were not coached properly on privacy safeguards and recommending that a procedure be created for punishing lapses.

The EPA Office of Inspector General said in an audit report that the agency had not formalized several required policies and procedures surrounding personally identifiable information, or PII, raising the risk that such data could be mistreated, misused or exposed.

“The missing elements of the agency’s privacy program could significantly degrade...
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