The Army Privacy Program

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What is it?

The Army Privacy Program balances the government’s need to maintain the right of individuals to be protected against unwarranted invasions of their privacy stemming from the collection, maintenance, use, or disclosure of personal information.

What is the Army doing?

The Army Privacy and Civil Liberties Office released a major revision of the Army Regulation (AR) 25-22, The Army Privacy Program, effective Jan. 22 (formerly AR 340-21), which highlights:

  • General provisions and special handling provisions.
  • Descriptions of responsibilities.
  • Systems of records and privacy impact assessments.
  • Handling and safeguarding personally identifiable information.
  • Disclosure of personal information to other agencies and third parties.
  • Breach reporting, risk assessment, notifications, and mitigation.
  • Training requirements.

What continued efforts are planned for the future?

The Army Privacy and Civil Liberties Office plans to add civil liberties information in the next revision to AR 25-22. In accordance with DODI 1000.29, the Army has established a proactive program for civil liberties that meets Department of Defense requirements. This future revision will include Army policy for Army activities and training requirements.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army Privacy Program, AR 25-22, sets forth policies and procedures that govern personal information kept by the Department of the Army in Privacy Act Systems of Records. This regulation also provides general guidance on collecting, safeguarding, and disclosing personal information, and promotes uniformity within the Army’s Privacy Program. It is essential for the Army to build awareness at all levels to promote and protect privacy and civil liberties of all who are touched by the Army mission.

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