EFF Sues DHS Over Automated Targeting System
The cause of the Freedom of Information Act suit: a request for substantial information about the DHS' Automated Targeting System, which creates and assigns "risk assessments" to tens of millions of American citizens as the leave and enter the country.
One particularly contentious area: what the consequences of a threat-assessment against an individual might be.
There's also fears that online information is used to help fashion such threat assessments.
"ATS is precisely the sort of system that Congress sought to prohibit with the Privacy Act of 1974," said EFF Senior Counsel David Sobel. "DHS needs to abide by the law and give Americans the information they deserve about this dangerous program."
A copy of the EFF FOIA suit can be found here.
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