March 30, 2016 Surveillance, U.S.
In comments to DHS, EPIC criticized a proposed “Insider Threat” database that would gather vast amounts of personal data on individuals outside the federal agency. EPIC urged DHS to limit the scope of data collection and drop proposed Privacy Act exemptions. Citing the recent surge in government data breaches, including the breach of 21.5 m records at OPM, EPIC warned that DHS data practices pose a risk to federal employees. EPIC has previously advocated for privacy protections in background checks and consistently warned against inaccurate, insecure, and overbroad government databases.
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