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What is a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA)?

A privacy impact assessment (PIA) is an analysis of how information is handled: (i) to ensure handling conforms to applicable legal, regulatory, and policy requirements regarding privacy, (ii) to determine the risks and effects of collecting, maintaining and disseminating information in identifiable form in an electronic information system, and (iii) to examine and evaluate protections and alternative processes for handling information to mitigate potential privacy risks.

The E-Government Act of 2002 requires federal agencies to conduct PIAs for electronic information systems and collections and, in general, make the assessment results publicly available.

View the USDA electronic information systems Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA)