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Quick Bytes: Data mining

By Peter Piazza

Federal agencies are data mining personal information for a variety of purposes, from detecting fraud and abuse in government programs to finding evidence of criminal activities. Five data-mining efforts examined by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) took many of the necessary steps required by related laws and regulations, such as notifying the general public that personal Federal agencies are data mining personal information for a variety of purposes, from detecting fraud and abuse in government programs to finding evidence of criminal activities. Five data-mining efforts examined by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) took many of the necessary steps required by related laws and regulations, such as notifying the general public that personal information was being collected. However, the GAO noted that not all these efforts complied with related laws and guidance, such as completing privacy assessments or notifying individuals that information was being collected. @ The GAO report is at SM Online.

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