GAO Says Homeland Security Is Breaking Privacy Laws
from the chalk-another-one-up-for-the-GAO dept
Seems like a week can’t go by without the Government Accountability Office weighing in on the latest thing that our government is doing wrong. We’ve already covered the GAO explaining that piracy isn’t as big a problem as the industry would have you believe, that testing of e-voting machines is not up to acceptable levels, that politicians were wrong to blame file sharing for porn and that the FCC really needs to learn how to count broadband penetration. The latest from the GAO is a report noting that the Department of Homeland Security appears to be breaking privacy laws by not telling people how it uses personal information for people flying into and out of the country. With all of these efforts to set our elected officials straight, you’d think that people would hit back against these GAO reports. Unfortunately, it seems like they are almost universally ignored. It’s great that the GAO seems to keep telling it like it is — but when everyone ignores those reports to focus on industry approved talking points, are they really holding anyone accountable?