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Lieberman accuses DHS of violating E-Gov Act

The ranking member of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee has charged that the Homeland Security Department broke the law by not conducting and publicizing a privacy impact assessment for the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology System. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) today sent a letter to DHS secretary Tom Ridge asking him to explain why the department is going forward with the program before it finishes the privacy assessment. Homeland Security has been testing US Visit, which collects travelers’ fingerprints for tracking their entry into the country and exit from it, at Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport since Nov. 17. The agency plans to implement the first version of the system at 113 airports and 14 seaports nationwide in early January. Full Story

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