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FBI Exempts Massive Database from Privacy Act Protections

Posted By admin On October 15, 2012 @ 7:35 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Epic.org [1]
Oct 15, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has exempted [2] the FBI Data Warehouse System [3], from important Privacy Act safeguards.

The database ingests troves of personally identifiable information including race, birthdate, biometric information, social security numbers, and financial information from various government agencies.

The database contains information on a surprisingly broad category of individuals, including “subjects, suspects, victims, witnesses, complainants, informants, sources, bystanders, law enforcement personnel, intelligence personnel, other responders, administrative personnel, consultants, relatives, and associates who may be relevant to the investigation or intelligence operation; individuals who are identified in open source information or commercial databases, or who are associated, related, or have a nexus to the FBI’s missions; individuals whose information is collected and maintained for information system user auditing and security purposes.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has exempted these records from the notification, access, and amendment provisions of the Privacy Act.

Earlier this year, EPIC opposed [4]the Automated Targeting System, another massive government database that the Department of Homeland Security exempted from Privacy Act provisions.

For more information, see EPIC: The Privacy Act of 1974 [5] and EPIC: Automated Targeting System [6].

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URLs in this post:

[1] Epic.org: http://epic.org/2012/10/fbi-exempts-massive-database-f.html

[2] exempted: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-09/pdf/2012-24753.pdf

[3] FBI Data Warehouse System: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-10/pdf/2012-16823.pdf

[4] opposed: http://epic.org/privacy/travel/ats/EPIC-ATS-Comments-2012.pdf

[5] EPIC: The Privacy Act of 1974: http://epic.org/privacy/1974act/

[6] EPIC: Automated Targeting System: http://epic.org/privacy/travel/ats/

[7] Privacy advocates fear massive fed health database: http://www.prisonplanet.com/privacy-advocates-fear-massive-fed-health-database.html

[8] ‘Deeply disturbing’ privacy fears as 1m state staff could view child database: http://www.prisonplanet.com/deeply-disturbing-privacy-fears-as-1m-state-staff-could-view-child-database.html

[9] EPIC to FAA: Establish Privacy Standards for Drone Use: http://www.prisonplanet.com/epic-to-faa-establish-privacy-standards-for-drone-use.html

[10] EPIC Files Complaint, Urges Investigation of Facebook’s Facial Recognition Techniques: http://www.prisonplanet.com/epic-files-complaint-urges-investigation-of-facebooks-facial-recognition-techniques.html

[11] Privacy fears grow as Obama weighs expanded gun-buyer database: http://www.prisonplanet.com/privacy-fears-grow-as-obama-weighs-expanded-gun-buyer-database.html

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