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 doesnâ€™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, â€œnone followed all key proceduresâ€ for privacy and security measures, GAO said.
The report, titled â€œData Mining: Agencies Have Taken Key Steps to Protect Privacy in Selected Efforts, but Significant Compliance Issues Remain,â€ (PDF) examined programs at the Small Business Administration, the Agriculture Departmentâ€™s Risk Management Agency, the IRS, the State Department and the FBI.
[From Government Computer News]