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State to share visa info with FBI

The State Department is working out an agreement with the FBI that would allow the law enforcement agency to tap into State’s database of 50 million visa applications. The agreement, which will be spelled out in a memorandum in the next month or two, will help provide better links among agencies that use different and incompatible technology. The database is known as State’s “name check database.” It contains visa applicants’ personal information and, in many cases, a photograph, according to Stuart Patt, a spokesman at State’s Consular Affairs. Patt said the visa records are considered confidential “with the exception of being used for law enforcement for an investigation.” Full Story

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