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 the U.S. Government in background checks was stolen from a government employee’s car on Halloween.  The serious breach has received extensive coverage.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/29/technology/ex-nasa-scientists-data-fears-come-true.html?_r=0

http://www.pasadenasun.com/news/jpl/tn-vsl-1129-data-leak-causes-a-stir-at-jpl,0,6292888.story

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_22087228/jpl-workers-seek-federal-probe-into-stolen-nasa

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9234098/Lawsuit_possible_in_NASA_laptop_theft