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Government’s Addiction To Contractors Is Creating A Data Privacy Crisis

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Sausalito, Calif. – May 12, 2024

Even as artificial intelligence is booming and there will be reportedly 200 zettabytes of data in the world, according to Cybersecurity Ventures, “we are in another crisis of research access to data,” a former reporter said at Harvard this May. The culprit in that crisis is the double-headed monster of government and the private sector.

The Hill reports that the effects of this monster were evident in federal court on May 9, when the government argued that thousands of forms containing basic diversity statistics of its contractors’ workforces were secret. This case is just one of many which shows that, as government privatization is on the rise, so are claims of secrecy.

This case is not an isolated incident. The Department of Homeland Security has since argued that contracts with companies detailing its detention of immigrants, including children, are secret. On the state level, New York, Arkansas, and Idaho have argued that individuals’ healthcare records maintained by government contractors are secret.

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