~ so called private intelligence agencies ~

Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is on the warpath to “examine” the companies that own databases of personal information.

Leahy is calling for a series of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee to examine the privacy, security and civil liberty implications of recent trends in information technology, including the creation of digital dossiers on individuals and the sale of personal data to the government as these enhanced information-gathering technologies continue to emerge.

The feds could get greedy and make the private vendors (which they use extensively) accessible only to government agencies. Remember voter registration, motor vehicle and credit report records?

Rob, a North Dakota private investigator, is blogging over at sayanythingblog.com. He posted the NCISS press release and I made some further comments about ChoicePoint.

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