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GAO report finds privacy compliance “haphazard”

GAO: Privacy issues remain in data mining programs

When visiting an agency Web site, personal information may be collected and mined, a recent GAO report found. Some agencies comply with federal privacy regulations, but some, like the General Services Administration claim that the Privacy Act doesn’t apply to its system and that it has taken “adequate security measures.”

A sampling of data mining programs in several federal agencies has found that implementing privacy and security measures is haphazard, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

Of five data mining programs at five different agencies, “none followed all key procedures” for privacy and security measures, GAO said.

The report, titled “Data Mining: Agencies Have Taken Key Steps to Protect Privacy in Selected Efforts, but Significant Compliance Issues Remain,” (PDF) examined programs at the Small Business Administration, the Agriculture Department’s Risk Management Agency, the IRS, the State Department and the FBI.

[From Government Computer News]

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