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    Update: Government Contractor Who Snooped in Passport Files Gets Probation

    ABC News reports that a “former State Department contractor who admitted to breaching the passport files of President-elect Obama and Sens. Hillary Clinton and John McCain was sentenced today to 12 months of probation and will perform 50 hours of community service for unauthorized computer access.”

    The man viewed the passport files of almost 200 individuals by accessing a State Department database “known as the Passport Information Electronic Records System, or PIERS, typically includes the applicant’s name, gender, Social Security number, date and place of birth and passport number.”

    In March, the State Department announced that three contract employees improperly accessed the confidential passport files of Senators Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Barack Obama. In July, 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. The Inspector General conducted the audit (pdf) after the breach of the senators’ files.

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