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posted by martyb on Saturday October 03 2015, @03:35PM   Printer-friendly
from the someone-is-going-to-have-a-very-bad-day dept.

The Secret Service thought we all needed a reminder that databases of personal information will be exploited for political gain. The chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, was leading the investigation into one of the recent cases of Secret Service misconduct. Agents within the service accessed records concerning Chaffetz' application to the Secret Service (which was not acted upon) and then disseminated that information within the agency and talked to the press about it.

The full Inspector General's report (pdf) is available.

Will Chaffetz learn from his experience and strengthen privacy laws for regular citizens?

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  • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Saturday October 03 2015, @04:56PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Saturday October 03 2015, @04:56PM (#244888) Journal

    They don't need no steenking Checks & Balances!

    This sort of thing is another government institution losing the illusion of competence and accountability. The only ones I can think of that I still have a decent opinion of are NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF), though perhaps there are Soylentils with personal experience with those agencies who know differently.

    Washington DC delenda est.
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