EPIC Scrutinizes FBI "Insider Threat" Database

In comments to the FBI, EPIC criticized a proposed "Insider Threat" database that would gather virtually unlimited amounts of personal data outside the protections of the federal Privacy Act. EPIC urged the FBI to limit the scope of data collection and drop proposed Privacy Act exemptions. Citing the recent surge in government data breaches, including the breach of 21.5 m records at OPM, EPIC warned that FBI data practices pose a risk to federal employees. EPIC has consistently warned against inaccurate, insecure, and overbroad government databases. Earlier this year, EPIC filed comments with DOD and DHS regarding similarly flawed proposals to expand data collection without adequate privacy safeguards.


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