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Privacy Impact Assessments

The Environmental Protection Agency recognizes the importance of protecting the privacy of individuals, especially as it modernizes and develops its systems and desktop applications. Privacy issues must be addressed when systems are being developed and privacy protections must be integrated into the development life cycle of automated systems. The Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) is the tool for addressing privacy issues. The PIA process provides a means to assure compliance with applicable laws and regulations governing the privacy of individuals.

The E-Government Act of 2002 and the Office of Management and Budget implementing guidance require federal agencies to make PIAs that collect information from or about the public available through some mechanism (Web site, Federal Register, other). EPA determined that posting PIAs subject to the E-Gov requirement on the Agency's Web site is the most practicable form of public disclosure.

Systems Containing Identifiable Information About Members of the Public

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