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Department of Energy Adopts Rules to Protect Consumer Privacy

March 15, 2010 - 4:17pm


The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables states to provide financial assistance to qualifying consumers who want to improve the energy-efficiency of their homes. 

In response to concerns about the potential disclosure by the States of personal information they collect from WAP applicants, the Department has issued an interim final rule that requires states to apply the standards of the Freedom of Information Act that protect the privacy of potentially sensitive personal information. 

These protections will ensure a consistent and balanced approach towards the twin goals of consumer privacy and government transparency. The entire regulation can be viewed HERE.