DHS Could Halt Data Sharing Program Over Privacy Flaws

Law360, New York (October 12, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed Wednesday it was considering turning off part of a counterterrorism data search program after the U.S. Government Accountability Office cautioned that police agencies could use it to access unauthorized private information.

A report released Friday by the GAO targeted the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's Pattern Analysis and Information Collection program, or ICEPIC, which combs through databases to determine whether terrorism suspects under investigation have any sort of relationship.

One part of ICEPIC, the Law Enforcement Information Sharing Service,...
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