U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Privacy breach by Secret Service is despicable

Privacy breach by Secret Service is despicable

At 10 a.m. on March 24 of this year, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), began a hearing into allegations of misbehavior by Secret Service agents. At 10:18, Chaffetz's name was entered into a database at the agency's headquarters and the search turned up the confidential information that the congressman had applied for a position with the Secret Service in 2003 but hadn't been hired.

In ensuing days, dozens of Secret Service employees gleefully accessed the information about Chaffetz. Like teenagers texting their friends, the agents spread the message far and wide. According to a new report by Department of Homeland...