The Secure Times

An online forum of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law's Privacy and Information Security Committee

State Department has a passport problem

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Hours after it was revealed that US Department of State passport office workers improperly accessed Barack Obama’s passport file, ABC News reports that the agency was forced to announce that Clinton and McCain’s files were also accessed. Spokespeople say that an investigation will be made of systemic failures that allow this type of access.

Passport files include information like applicants’ date of birth, where they’ve traveled, and (most troubling) social security number). The workers at issue, contract employees from a privacy company, had access to passport files to perform their duties. The agency notes that the monitoring system it put into place worked when it flagged such access as inappropriate, but the right reporting was not followed to make sure violations were acted upon.


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