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Data fears raised by Hadsell Stormer's lawsuit on behalf of JPL scientists--come true

In 2010, HSRR's Dan Stormer argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that NASA's  background checks of scientists (employees of government contractors) were unnecessarily invasive and violated their privacy rights.  The scientists who filed suit against NASA in 2007 feared that highly sensitive and private personal data about them could be compromised.  Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the scientists, the private personal data obtained by by the U.S. Government in background checks was stolen from a government employee's car on Halloween.  The serious breach has received extensive coverage.

In Disappointing Ruling, Judge Holds the FBI Cannot Be Sued

Attorneys from Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Council on American Islamic Relations responded to a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney granting a Department of Justice request to dismiss their civil rights lawsuit against the FBI. Although the Court's ruling dismissed the lawsuit against the FBI, it permits the suit to go forward against the individual government agents under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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