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What Price Privacy?

Wired reports that huge spending bill signed into law by President Bush on Wednesday could create a new hot job-growth sector: chief privacy officers.

Every federal agency, regardless of size or function, will have to hire a chief privacy officer and employ an outside auditing firm biennially to ensure compliance with the nation’s privacy laws, according to a little-noticed provision.

The officers will be charged with making sure new technologies do not impinge on civil liberties and that federal databases comply with fair information practices.

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