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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-26-06 02:05 AM
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139. ChoicePoint contracts with at least 35 government agencies
For government security and intelligence agencies who are barred (by the Privacy Act of 1974) from maintaining dossiers on individuals not suspected in wrongdoing, signing contracts with the data aggregators allows them to circumvent such laws by accessing the dossiers kept by the private sector.

ChoicePoint, for example, claims to have contracts with at least 35 government agencies. It has an $8 million contract with the Justice Department that allows FBI agents to tap into the company's vast database of personal information on individuals, as well as contracts with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service, the IRS, the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.<10>

The growing surveillance nexus between the private sector and government is the subject of the ACLU report "The Surveillance-Industrial Complex," online at www.aclu.org/surveillance.



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