Minimizing Disclosure Risk in HHS Open Data Initiatives. Appendix D: Background Paper: Review of Federal Policies and Procedures Regarding the Use and Protection of Personal Data <sup>1</sup>


Federal policies covering the use and protection of personal data focus on data collected or obtained by the federal government, but legislation extends to data collected at lower levels of government and by non-governmental entities. This review covers the key legislation that has helped to shape federal policy on the use and protection of personal data; additional laws governing data use; illustrative examples of agency regulations and guidelines; the major documents defining federal open data policy; an overview of datasets released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); and methods of disclosure limitation used by federal agencies.

1 This background paper was prepared by Kevin Collins, John L. Czajka, Bonnie Harvey, Melissa Medeiros, Craig Schneider, and Amang Sukasih.

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