A Collaboration with University of Pittsburgh   

DHS traveler screening program violates privacy laws: GAO

[JURIST] The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) [official website] released a report [PDF text] Wednesday criticizing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website; JURIST news archive] and the Customs and Border Protection Agency's Automated Targeting System [DHS backgrounder, PDF; ACLU backgrounder], which the GAO says violates federal privacy laws by allowing personal information "to be used in multiple prescreening procedures and transferred among various CPB prescreening systems in ways that are not fully explained in CBP's privacy disclosures." The Privacy Act [text] requires the DHS and CBP to provide notice to the public concerning how it obtained personal information, and how the information is utilized by the agency.

DHS spokesperson Russ Knocke defended the program to AP, saying that the GAO's report was "woefully uninformed." DHS officials have declined to provide more details of the Automated Targeting System, citing security concerns. AP has more.

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.