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Agencies Not Protecting Privacy Rights, GAO Says

Government agencies that use private information services for law enforcement, counterterrorism and other investigations often do not follow federal rules to protect Americans’ privacy, according to a report yesterday by the Government Accountability Office. The Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security and two other agencies examined by the GAO spent about $30 million last year on companies that maintain billions of electronic files about adults’ current and past addresses, family members and associates, buying habits, personal finances, listed and unlisted phone numbers, and much more. Full Story

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