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Chertoff Disagrees with the Rest of His Agency, Again

Nine days ago, Sophia Cope blogged about how Homeland Secretary Secretary Michael Chertoff suggested that REAL IDs cannot be skimmed, in sharp contrast to DHS REAL ID Regs, which clearly say that the REAL ID is at risk of skimming. Today, CDT Fellow Peter Swire blogged on the Center for American Progress Web site about a new Chertoff statement where he said that “fingerprints aren’t ‘Personal Data.'” Swire shows that this comment lies in sharp contrast to DHS’ stated policy that fingerprints are “personally identifiable information.”

It is now time for DHS to make clear, is Chertoff purposely suggesting changes to existing policy or are these both misstatements?