Report: Feds need better privacy protection for data

The government does not have adequate privacy protections for the personal information it collects, shares and stores as part of the effort to fight terrorism, according to a new report by a U.S. watchdog agency.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that new laws are needed to safeguard people’s personal information. Decades-old laws no longer cover the “increasingly sophisticated ways” that the government collects information, such as through biometric scans of fingerprints, the report said.

“In today’s highly interconnected environment, information can be gathered from many different sources, analyzed and redistributed in very dynamic, unstructured ways,” the GAO’s Linda Koontz says in testimony prepared for a hearing today by the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

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