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November 20, 2006

DHS privacy office releases annual report

Filed under: Privacy and Security — by Christian Beckner on November 20, 2006

The DHS privacy office has finally released its latest annual report to Congress, covering a two-year period from mid-2004 to mid-2006. The delay in the release of this report, which is supposed to be released annually rather than every other year, has been the topic of recent complaints by privacy advocacy groups. This delay is acknowledged in the preface to the report, although it attempts to excuse it based upon leadership turnover issues – a rationale that doesn’t really cut it, given DHS’s decision to leave the privacy office with an acting director for ten months from September 2005 to July 2006.

As for the report itself, there’s very little in the way of new information; it’s essentially a list of activities by the Privacy Office over the last two years, nearly all of which have already been publicly reported.

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