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Federal Data Searches on Hit List

Broadening his legislative assault on the Terrorism Information Awareness program, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced a bill Tuesday that would require the Pentagon, the CIA and the Treasury and Homeland Security departments to report to Congress about their use of commercial databases to track down terrorists, fugitives and deadbeat dads. The Citizens’ Protection in Federal Databases Act, which was drafted in conjunction with a bipartisan coalition of privacy groups, would cut off funding for agencies’ use of commercial databases unless they file a report in 60 days about the extent to which they use these databases or the databases of other federal agencies. “We cannot stand by and allow the government to shine a spotlight onto the personal records of law-abiding citizens who have a constitutionally protected right to privacy,” said Wyden in a written statement. “It is Congress’ duty to find out on behalf of all Americans what federal agencies are hoping to do with their personal information.” Full Story

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