Invasion of the Privacy Officers

It sounds better, in this case, if you pronounce it PRIH-vess-ee. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabma) tacked a provision anto the gargantuan spending bill just signed by President Bush which mandates a "Chief Privacy Officer" for every federal agency, regardless of size or function. The chief privacy officer is supposed to make sure that new technologies used by the agencies do not violate civil liberties and that their databases comply with The Code of Fair Information Practices.

The government will be policing itself.

They will consult "privacy experts," and I don't know what they are going to do about the concept of the "whistleblower."



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