Monday, March 1, 2010

ICE will retain 'Brady' handgun background check data for only one day <-24 hours?

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gathers all kinds of personal information about possible “criminal aliens,” and plans to retain that data in “secure facilities behind locked doors” for periods ranging from five to 75 years; except one specific type of data -- information gathered in background checks about foreign individuals attempting to purchase handguns – which ICE plans to retain for only 24 hours.

In a notice published in the Federal Register on February 24, ICE indicated that it plans to store personal information it receives through immigration status checks required under the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act for only one day.

By contrast, ICE plans to retain similar information it receives about possible criminal aliens through “traditional law enforcement checks” for 75 years; through suspicious activity reporting received on its Tip-line for 10 years; and through immigration status checks related to special security events, such as the Super Bowl, for five years.


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