Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and the group Republicans Overseas Action are planning a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service, the latest effort to stop a deeply controversial scheme known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) that turns constitutional privacy protections upside down. Represented by a leading constitutional attorney, Senator Paul is taking aim at a barrage of pseudo-treaties — so-called “Intergovernmental Agreements” (IGAs) — negotiated by the administration with foreign governments and dictatorships under FATCA to share personal data. Critics contend that the information-sharing agreements and the statute itself are unconstitutional for numerous reasons.
- 44 percent American respondents are most concerned about their personal data held by retailers, as many consumers seem to be losing trust in retail data security owing to recent high profile breaches.
- Concerns about unauthorized access to personal data held by U.S. government agencies is somewhat high (39 percent), also possibly due to the recent publicized breaches.