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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-07-09 01:54 PM
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Homeland Security rules on data collection rile businesses
Source: USA Today

WASHINGTON The Department of Homeland Security will collect millions of new electronic records about private planes, imported cargo, foreign visitors and federal contractors as part of an array of controversial last-minute security policies imposed by the Bush administration.
Businesses say the policies are costly, and worry that sensitive information could be released if a database is lost or stolen. Some charge the Homeland Security Department with rushing to impose policies and ignoring business concerns.

"Industry keeps reaching out to (them), but our comments are continually dismissed," said Catherine Robinson, director of high-tech trade policy for the National Association of Manufacturers trade group, which represents 14,000 companies.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said that by collecting information electronically, the department can run security checks more quickly than with paper forms, and could flag people or cargo that should be barred from the USA. Some changes have been in the works for more than a year.

There has been a lot of opposition. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and four other groups have sued to block a policy requiring federal contractors to send information about employees electronically to the department to verify that they can work legally in the USA.

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Businesses worry that the department's online system, which some employers now use voluntarily, incorrectly lists legal citizens as ineligible to work, chamber Vice President Randel Johnson said. The chamber wanted more tests before 170,000 federal contractors were forced to use the system. But, Johnson said, "DHS simply has more faith in the system than a lot of our members."

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techpolicy/2009-01-06...
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Blaze Diem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-07-09 01:59 PM
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1. Dept of Homeland Security has become our new Government.
The remainder is just a prop to appease the masses.
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-07-09 02:04 PM
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2. DHS should be disbanded. It is truly un-American, and creepy as hell
let's go back to being a free country without a bunch of DHS and TSA goons hanging around.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-07-09 04:28 PM
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3. Hoaxland Security has long been overreaching.
Maybe now it will be terminated and the component agencies returned to better homes.
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