FBI Pushes To Exclude Biometrics Database From Privacy Law

Law360, New York (May 5, 2016, 7:08 PM EDT) -- The FBI on Thursday moved to exempt its massive biometrics database from certain notice and consent provisions of a federal privacy law that prohibits government agencies from sharing information about individuals without their consent, arguing that widespread disclosure of this data would harm law enforcement activities.

In a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Justice floated a rule change that would put the FBI's Next Generation Identification System beyond the grasp of certain provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, which governs the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of personally identifiable information about individuals...

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