Nov 152009
 
 November 15, 2009  Breaches, Govt, U.S.

Ed O’Keefe reports:

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) questioned President Obama’s nominee to lead the nation’s airport security agency Tuesday about a censure he received from the FBI in 1988.

Erroll Southers, who was serving as an FBI special agent at the time of the censure, asked a co-worker’s husband who worked for the San Diego Police Department to run a background check on his ex-wife’s boyfriend.

Under questioning by Collins, Southers said that he has not misused government databases to receive personal information on anyone since the incident and that he would not do so in the future.

Read more in the Washington Post.

Melissa Ngo of Privacy Lives has some pointed commentary on the case and her attempts to find out the responses to the committee’s questions.

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