A recent court case demonstrates, once again, the dangers of assembling massive police databases and trusting that law enforcement officers with access are paragons of virtue.
In this case, the unvirtuous Fed is named Rafael Pacheco, an agent with the U.S. Customs Service in Florida. And the database in question is the Treasury Enforcement Communications System, or TECS, which contains more than a billion records used by Customs and other federal police.
Pacheco was, to put it bluntly, a corrupt cop. He sold access to TECS for money.
He got caught when a Mexican man named Fidencio Estrada was … Read more