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The IRS "Office of Privacy, Information Protection and Data Security" (PIPDS) was formed in July 2007 to provide a centralized privacy program that combined responsibility for all of the major privacy programs under one office. In June 2011, the Governmental Liaison and Disclosure and Safeguards offices merged with PIPDS to form the current Office of Privacy, Governmental Liaison and Disclosure (PGLD).
The PGLD promotes public confidence through the protection of the taxpayer's personally identifiable information, such as name and Social Security number, and the prevention of threats and vulnerabilities. The organization also ensures Service-wide integrity by proactively providing leadership, policy guidance, direction and awareness for the Service's privacy program areas. PGLD is also responsible for protecting information systems used for tax administration from unauthorized access, disruption and modification.