Congressional Hearings, Week of March 27, 2017

Capitol buildingThere are several Congressional hearings this week of interest to privacy advocates:

Tuesday, March 28
House Energy and Commerce: Self-Driving Cars: Levels of Automation
House Judiciary: To examine the state of forensic science in the United States

Wednesday, March 29
Senate Appropriations: Civil Society Perspectives on Russia

Thursday, March 30
Senate Intelligence: Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns

Coalition Focuses on Immigration Orders, Data Practices, and Government Accountability

In a letter to DHS Secretary Kelly and Attorney General Sessions, a coalition of more than 25 open government organizations expressed concerns about the lawfulness and objectivity of data practices under several recent immigration Executive Orders. Official memos reveal the Orders are being implemented in “manner that is unlawful and inconsistent with federal information quality guidelines, raising serious privacy, transparency, and accountability concerns.” The coalition urged Secretary Kelly and the Attorney General to align data practices with privacy safeguards, open data, and data quality requirements. “Public data allows the public to hold its government accountable –

Coalition Backs Improved Government Transparency

In comments to Office of Government Information Services, a coalition of open government groups urged greater transparency for dispute resolutions. The coalition wrote that a proposed rule “would impose restrictive confidentiality requirements.” The coalition proposed revisions that “do not place restrictive confidentiality requirements on requesters” who use dispute resolution services.