In May 2006, a laptop computer belonging to a Veterans Administration (VA) employee was stolen from his home. Although the computer was later recovered, the VA data breach raised questions about the reliability and security of the government's information management systems. Those questions are now being explored in a series of lawsuits filed in response to the theft. What keeps this case in the courts and in the eye of the information industry is that the VA, as a government agency, is subject to the federal Privacy Act of 1974. The lawsuit alleges that the VA failed to meet the Privacy Act's requirements in safeguarding information that led to the theft of the data.
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