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Immigration Database Worries Advocates

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

July 8, 2011

Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Secure Communities program is raising red flags for some privacy advocates who worry that it will grow into a comprehensive database on all Americans, reports U.S. News & World Report. The program is part of a post-9/11 mandate for data sharing between agencies working to stop terrorism and is meant to identify illegal immigrants. Lillie Coney of the Electronic Privacy Information Center has concerns about transparency and oversight with such a broad database, the report states. "It's the rules that are out there to protect the individual and the society from abuse and misuse of that information," she said, "We just don't have that."
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