The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on the latest people accused of misusing their access powers to gather data on President Obama.”Two DeKalb County Officers are being investigated for allegedly performing a background check on President Barack Obama.” A county spokeswoman said that a computer in a patrol car was used to run the check, and the officers have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.
Insiders have abused their access powers to circumvent data safeguards and sneak a peek at Obama’s records before. In January, a State Department contractor was sentenced for improperly accessing the passport files of 200 people, including Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. (Last year, the Inspector General of the State Department released a report that found federal employees repeatedly snooped into the passport files of entertainers, athletes and other high-profile Americans.)
In December, Illinois employees were suspended for improperly accessing Obama’s driving records. In November, Verizon admitted Obama’s personal cell phone records were wrongly accessed by the telecom company’s employees.
For more on insiders circumventing data privacy safeguards, read a previous post I wrote.