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DoD Exempts "Insider Threat" Database from Privacy Act Safeguards

The Department of Defense has issued a final rule on the "Insider Threat" database, a program that allows the federal agency to gather virtually unlimited amounts of personal data on individuals based on broad and ambiguous standards. The Defense Department exempted itself from Privacy Act safeguards that would limit collection of personally identifiable information, and allow individuals access to their information maintained by the federal agency. In detailed comments, EPIC opposed the exemptions sought by the agency. EPIC also questioned whether that information would be adequately protected. Military officials described the 2015 data breach as an "absolute calamity."

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