Government agencies that use private-sector databases to pull up information on American citizens without their knowledge often do it in violation of privacy regulations, a major new federal report has found.
The Government Accountability Office reviewed federal use of "information resellers" such as ChoicePoint and LexisNexis and found that 91 percent of spending from major federal agencies was for law enforcement or terrorism-related investigations.
Of eight examples of agency use the GAO gave, fully half did not abide by federal fair information rules. Those include principles such as data quality, use for limited purposes, security safeguards, and accountability. … Read more