The availability of information, from personal to public, is easier today due to the increased use of technology. Technology, such as computers, internet access, and electronic information products, also increases the risk to the protection of such information, especially personally identifiable information (PII). The Department of Defense recognizes that the protection of PII is important throughout the life cycle of the information. The vehicle for addressing PII privacy issues in an information system or electronic collection is the Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA).
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