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GAO Finds a Lack of Proper Oversight Within Homeland Security

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The Government Accountability Office has recently evaluated six-data mining systems from Homeland Security and its component organizations including Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration office and found a lack of proper oversight and privacy risks.

Information Week reported on the data and mining system of the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Pattern Analysis and Information Collection being the most “troublesome.” The GAO said the ICEPIC was given a privacy impact assessment before the system was even completed.

In the report, the GAO gave DHS several recommendations which included advising the department to develop “requirements for providing additional scrutiny of privacy protections for the sensitive information systems that are not transparent to the public through privacy impact assessments.”

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