Pressure for the Federal Government to protect the personal data and privacy of the American public is stronger than ever. The likelihood of privacy breaches occurring has increased with the enhanced portability of data on laptops, flash drives, cell phones, and other mobile devices. Missteps in information security now have severe ramifications, including damage to public trust and the high cost of an often lengthy recovery period.
As a result, senior executives at federal agencies are now wrestling with how to design and effectively implement comprehensive, strategic privacy programs. PwC's Public Sector Practice, along with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), outline the Federal Government’s progress in implementing privacy programs.