FC: State Department sharing JPEG visa photos with CIA, others?

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Mon Sep 08 2003 - 22:20:24 PDT

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    Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2003 17:24:59 -0700 (PDT)
    From: Nick Kralevich
    To: Declan McCullagh <declanat_private>
    Subject: Big Brother -- Diversity Visa?
    [please remove my e-mail address if you repost this message -- too much
    The US Department of State recently announced it's new process for
    handling the Diversity Visa of 2005.  The Diversity Visa, for people who
    aren't familiar with it, is a program where up to 50,000 people are
    granted admission to the United States from under-represented countries.
    What's interesting about this year's change is that all applications are
    now submitted electronically.  Included with each application is a JPEG
    photo of the person submitting the application.
    In the past, even the paper versions of the Diversity Visa have been
    subject to privacy concerns.  Now that the data is being submitted
    electronically, one can only imagine how the data may be abused.
    In an article about a year ago, Ed Dickens made the following comments on
    the paper version of the Diversity Visa:
       Ed Dickens, a spokesman for the Bureau of Consular Affairs, which runs
       the program, said the State Department would be willing to change its
       rules to share all the forms with the FBI and the CIA.
       "We'd be happy to mail them to the CIA if they wanted," Dickens said.
       "They're not of particular use to us."
    One can only wonder at the possibilities now that the data will be
    electronically available...
    Take care,
    -- Nick Kralevich
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