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Report: Several Federal Data-Mining Efforts Fail to Follow Privacy Laws

The Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, reviewed five data-mining efforts employed by the Small Business Administration, Agriculture's Risk Management Agency, the Internal Revenue Service, the State Department, and the FBI. The GAO said the five agencies didn't comply with all related laws and guidance to protect personal information, though they did take some key stops to offer those safeguards.

Federal Data Miners Urged To Better Address Citizen Privacy, InformationWeek, August 29, 2005.