US Secret Watchlist Defies Privacy Law, Groups Say

Law360, New York (August 10, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT) -- Privacy groups on Friday blasted a U.S. Department of Homeland Security proposal to create a new centralized system listing suspected terrorists' personal information, saying the agency was using national security concerns as an excuse to evade the Privacy Act.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center and 17 other groups called for the DHS to suspend its Watchlist Service proposal until its privacy, security and legal consequences could be reviewed in full. The groups made the request in response to the DHS' notice of proposed rulemaking and systems...
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