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Privacy Awareness

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This course provides instruction on Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and explains its importance, authority, procedures, and reporting requirements. This includes personal information about both federal employees and private citizens. This course will help federal employees understand the importance of the privacy of personal information. It outlines how federal employees should follow federal privacy laws and ensure Fair Information Principles (FIPs) are followed. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Law Group of the law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.

Target Audience
Federal employees

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Lesson Objectives

Privacy Awareness

  • identify the privacy responsibilities of federal employees
  • identify the three circumstances that define the appropriate use of information relative to the protection of information
  • identify examples of information that might be considered PII
  • identify key concepts associated with the laws and policy directives designed to maintain privacy of an individual's personal information
  • identify common errors that can lead to privacy violations
  • identify the type of device which should never be used to transmit PII
  • recognize who determines the "need to know"
  • identify the guidelines for releasing information
  • identify key points related to collecting and filing personal information
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